Winona deputy sheriff recalls best moment on the job

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) - Police officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice are being honored all over the country. 

As part of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial week and National Police week, officers are being recognized for their work.

Including many local officers. 

Looking back on his 17 years as Winona County Deputy Sheriff, 40-year-old John Hazelton considers himself lucky. 

"Knowing there are so many officers that have been killed in the line of duty."

He'll be the first to admit the job has its battles, some he wishes he didn't have to fight. 

"There's always hard times in law enforcement," he said.

But in the midst of all the tough times, there is one day in particular that reminds him of his purpose. 

The day he received a medical call for an infant. 

"When I responded and got on scene, the infant had stopped breathing and I started CPR, and he ended up living and that's my best day."

It's moments like that day nine years ago, that help Hazelton wear his badge proudly. 

And days like this day, standing alongside those who are also serving in Winona County.

Honoring the sacrifices and celebrating the bravery, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial week and National Police week, are about appreciating the men and women behind the badge. 

"People realize the need for law enforcement and that we truly are out there to help individuals and not harm individuals," Hazelton said.

This annual service dates back to 1979, when three FBI agents were killed in the line of duty.

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