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FRAYSER, Tenn. (FOX13) -

He's busted plenty of bad guys and removed them from the streets.

He even saved the life of child.

In the process he's made this community a safer place to live.

It's all in line of duty for Shelby county Sheriff's Deputy Russell Hubbard, who was honored Thursday as Sheriff's Deputy Of the Year in Shelby County.

In an age when we toss around the word hero a lot we sometimes overlook those who are right under our noses. Among the unsung are often the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday in the name of law enforcement.

But Thursday veteran Sheriff's Deputy Hubbard was thrust into the spotlight, not because he wanted it. But because he deserved it.

He didn't fly in from the planet Krypton. He doesn't wear a cape or tights. There'll probably never be an action flick based on his exploits.

But Deputy Hubbard possesses one of the greatest super powers all of us should be envious of. The strength one derives from just being humble.

"He's a man of character, a man who cares about his community," said Dale Lane, SCSO Chief Inspector. "When he comes to work everyday, he's coming to make a difference. He doesn't talk. He actually lives it. He walks it."

"You know, it's just a desire," Deputy Hubbard said after being recognized. "The community and the sheriff's office has been very gracious and very good to me and they allow me to do that everyday."

The cozy confines of Sara Lee's Restaurant in Frayser only added to the warmth of the occasion as Deputy Hubbard was surrounded by friends and family, including his wife Jenny and their four-year-old daughter Riley, and five-month-old son Ryder.

A packed dining room was the backdrop for the Frayser Exchange Club to honor the soft-spoken Hubbard with their annual Shelby County Deputy of the Year award. Most recently, Deputy Hubbard was commended for his work in catching some robbery suspects and taking their guns off the street.

In 2010, Hubbard made headlines when he saved the life of a 16-month-old who'd fallen into a pool. He successfully  helped the child's mother with CPR until paramedics arrived. His wife Jenny explained why it became so personal to him he couldn't talk about what happened.

"When he showed up the baby was blue," Jenny Hubbard recalled. "He was a CPR instructor, so he was able to get the baby breathing again. At the time our daughter was the same age as that boy. So, it was a little touching to him."

In between the hugs and handshakes from well-wishers, Deputy Hubbard did manage to give us his philosophy on being successful at community policing.

"Nosy neighbors are good," he said. "If the nosy neighbor wants to talk to you, they know whose done what. So, I try to be as friendly with as many people as I can be."

Ah, see another one of Hubbard's superpowers, the ability to earnestly listen.

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