CROWN POINT - Being an emergency medical technician is easy for Dave Hobbs.
"It's something I love doing immensely," he said. "It's a chance to help people. What could be better?"
Hobbs, who is a volunteer with the A.E. Phelps Fire and Rescue Company in Crown Point, has been named 2009 Basic Life Support Provider of the Year by the state Department of Health.
Hobbs was honored by the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council during a ceremony in Rochester Oct. 17.
"It was a tremendous surprise and is a great honor," Hobbs said of the award. "I'm excited for our department and our area. I appreciate the support of the Crown Point Fire District."
He is believed to be the first North Country EMS member to receive the state award.
The award goes annually to an EMS provider demonstrating dedication, responsibility, professional behavior, ingenuity and skill.
"In some communities certain people are synonymous with EMS," Edward Wronski, director of New York State Emergency Services, said. "They are the ones that respond to a lot of calls, leave equipment ready for the next emergency, teach new providers and care about the community they serve.
"For over 40 years Mr. David Hobbs has served his neighbors by responding to countless EMS requests for service," he added. "It does not matter the time of day or night, David is there, putting his patients first and giving them the best he has."
Hobbs began his EMS career in 1966 as a basic first aid responder in Malta. In 1968 he became an EMT and served in Malta 25 years before his family moved to Moriah. There he was a member of the Moriah Ambulance Squad before moving to Crown Point, where he has been an EMT the past seven years.
"Anyone who has been dedicated to EMS for as long as Dave has deserves more than just this award," said Matt Watts of the Ticonderoga Fire Department, who nominated Hobbs for the award.