"Dave has shown dedication to EMS for a very long time in all the different communities he has lived in. Crown Point and the surrounding communities greatly benefit from Dave answering all the calls that he does. Without him there would be a very large void in this area that would be very difficult to fill."
The Crown Point ambulance responded to 160 calls for help in 2008 with Hobbs along for 85 percent of the calls.
"We're short of EMTs and I'm generally available," Hobbs said. "I like to keep busy."
At age 72 Hobbs is grateful he's been able to help so many people. He's particularly proud of the five babies he's helped deliver.
"Every one has been a girl," he smiled. "I don't know what that's all about."
Watts said Hobbs provides much more than health care.
"Dave has a very good bedside manner with the patients; he knows how to talk to the patients and make them feel better about the situation they are in. He has a very calming affect on them," Watts said. "He has always been about putting patient care first; he always does what is best for the patient.
"I believe Dave has touched many lives and made a huge difference in all the patients he has had over the years," he continued. "His dedication goes beyond EMS, he also delivers meals on wheels as well as other volunteer work throughout his community."
The awards ceremony served as a family reunion for the Hobbs family. More than a dozen family members from New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts made the trip to see him honored. "I had my entire family with me," he said. "It was a special night."