Kenneth M. Hazelton






December 30, 2014

Kenneth M. Hazelton, 94 of Rumford, died Tuesday December 30, 2014 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center.  He was the husband of Dorothy (Kelly) Hazelton. Born in Providence he was a son of the late Charles I. and Annie (Morrison) Hazelton. Mr. Hazelton was a communicant of St. Margaret’s Church. He was an Army Veteran of WWII serving as a Combat Medic overseas with the Fourteenth Armored Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in Rittershoffen, France for administering first aid under German tank fire. He also received the American Theater, European Theater and Victory Medals and the Good Conduct Medal. He served on the East Providence Fire Department for 32 years from 1947 until retiring as a Captain in 1979. He served at all four stations in the city.   He was a  member of the East Providence Fire Fighters Association, the East Providence Police and Fire Fighters Retiree’s Association, the 14th Armored Division National Association and the New York and Florida Chapters of the 14th Armored Division.   Mr. Hazelton was a 1947 graduate of the Providence Fire Department Training School and along with the late Fire Chief Michael J. Fox conducted the first East Providence Fire Department Training School in 1949. He received the Fire Department Gold Commendation Bar with a Maltese Cross for saving the life of a three year old boy in a fire in 1965.  He also received the 1965 Fire Fighter of the Year Award from the RI State Association of Professional Fire Fighters for the same incident. Besides his wife he leaves one son James Hazelton and his wife Sherry of North Kingstown, one daughter  Ann Horgan and her husband Michael of East Greenwich, he was the cherished grandfather of Bradley and Sarah Hazelton and Matthew and Julie Horgan.  He was the  brother of the late Charles,  John and Clayton  Hazelton and Candace Brugge.His funeral service will be held on Friday at 8:00 AM in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial with Military honors will be held in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, 301 County Trail, Exeter. Calling hours Thursday 4-7. In lieu of flowers contributions to the East Providence Fire Fighter’s Beneficial Association, P.O. Box 4956, East Providence, RI 02915-0966 would be appreciated.


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