|Photo Credit: Lindsay Street|
Joseph Alexander Hutson was a hero — and not just according to his dad.
The 12-year-old boy, who died as he attempted to cross Central Avenue at Butternut Road in 2006, was an organ donor and always helped those in need.
Wednesday, nearly six years after his death, his father Fred Hutson made a public appeal to the Summerville Town Council to name the new fire station slated for Butternut Road after Joseph. The new station will rest where the Hutson family has lived since before their son's death.
Hutson was accompanied Wednesday by his wife Beverly and 11-year-old son William (in photo).
"He was a fine, upstanding young man to be 12 years old," Hutson said during public comments of the regular town council meeting. Hutson appeared in his Dorchester County uniform. He's a driver for the county's public works department. "He was an organ donor and helped save a lot of people's lives."
Joseph inspired others touched by his story to become organ donors, Hutson said. Joseph was posthumously recognized by the National Kidney Foundation.