Buddy retires after 40 years: 'They're all my heroes'

EUGENE, Ore. -- After 40 years of working at the shopping center on 29th and Willamette, Buddy Hazelton put on his blue drugstore apron for one last time on Saturday.

Buddy has become a fixture through his time working at the Woodfield Station (formerly Willamette Plaza). He worked at Payless Drugs for 22 years, before the store became a Rite-Aid about 18 years ago.

"I mean the public makes me what I am today I can't be Buddy without them. They're all my heroes," said Hazelton.

During his time at the station he started an annual sidewalk sale that went to support the Children Miracle Network. In 2007 he won a national award for his dedication to the Children's Miracle Network.

His wife Rita recently retired from the Rite-Aid after 17 years of working with Buddy. Now, Buddy is following suit.

He hopes the retirement will allow him to spend more time with his four children and six grandchildren. He added that he'll still pop in and visit the store often.