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A man's contagious spirit brings joy to those around him

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Kevin Hawkins is a bagging specialist at the King Soopers grocery store. His supervisor says he is a joy to have in the store.  (Source: KUSA/NBC) Kevin Hawkins is a bagging specialist at the King Soopers grocery store. His supervisor says he is a joy to have in the store. (Source: KUSA/NBC)
Kevin Hawkins dreamed of being a police officer and works as a volunteer at the Thornton Police Department. (Source: KUSA/NBC) Kevin Hawkins dreamed of being a police officer and works as a volunteer at the Thornton Police Department. (Source: KUSA/NBC)

WESTMINSTER, CO (KUSA/NBC) – Every day, we meet new people, most we likely won't remember. However, every now and then, we run into that unexpected person, the one we'll never forget. Kevin Hawkins is that person.

Hawkins has Down syndrome and is a bagging specialist at a King Soopers in Westminster, CO. He has been doing the same job for 20 years, and his boss, Chris Fredrick, says Hawkins hardly ever misses a day and is always in a good mood.

"He has a very unique spirit about him. He does so many things and volunteers everywhere. He's just a joy to have in the store," Fredrick said.

Hawkins says his father, David, inspired him and taught him how to be a man and a good employee. David Hawkins worked for King Soopers and helped his son get the job more than two decades ago.

"My dad told me to listen to everybody, I mean everybody. He taught me the right things," Hawkins said.

Hawkins says his dad died about 10 years ago, and ever since that day, he was determined to live a life that his father would be proud of.

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