Deposit's Hatch wins community service award

By Perry Russom

May 5, 2014 Updated May 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM EDT

Deposit, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Firefighting is a selfless job where men and women risk their lives for their community.

It's not your typical dream job, unless that dream belongs to Tyler Hatch.

"At first I was afraid of it, but then I got used to it, now I kind of like it," said Hatch.

At 18 years old, the high school senior is one of the youngest firefighters in Deposit's department volunteering 40 hours a week.

For that, earlier this month, Hatch was honored with the Student Community Service Award.

He's fought about ten house fires so far in his young career.

"I like helping the community and I always did fire and I was like, 'I like to help the community more,'" said Hatch.

To help more, he joined the Deposit Emergency Squad driving the ambulance.

In an average month, he responds to about 30 calls.

"He was about tied for first on percentage of calls and you don't get that very often in a person his age," said Shaun Rynearson, chief of the Deposit Fire Department.

Hatch said being a first responder has made him grow up faster after witnessing death and destruction on a firsthand basis.

"It's an experience that most people love to have and some people don't want anything to do with it," said Hatch.

With the Student Community Service Scholarship, he'll head to SUNY Broome next fall and study the science of fire, but while he's in school, he'll still be logging hours at the department.

"Some people made poor choices and I've made a lot of choices where I could do a lot of stuff furthering my career," said Hatch.

More than 30 students received a Student Community Service Award Scholarship given by State Senator Tom Libous.

As a partner in the program, WBNG will introduce you to some of those outstanding students this month.

Next week, Action News will profile Tessa Cutting from Afton.