Bob Fowler jokingly said after Monday night's La Junta Chamber of Commerce banquet that this was one of the few times he has ever been speechless.

Bob Fowler jokingly said after Monday night's La Junta Chamber of Commerce banquet that this was one of the few times he has ever been speechless.

But it wasn't without good reason.

Fowler received the 2015 La Junta Community Service Award Monday during the chamber's 115th annual banquet.

"What an honor," Fowler said after receiving his award from presenter and 2012 Community Service Award winner Robert Cody.

"We do it because we love it," Fowler added about why he has spent so many years making La Junta a better place.

During his presentation, Cody said Fowler is a "mirror of the deeds of all honored past recipients." Past recipients of the award include 62 individual recipients and five group recipients, selected by a committee of past recipients who select people based on their commitment to the area.

"Each recipient in their own way with their many talents have given much to our town and the La Junta area," Cody said, adding that Fowler is no different.

Born and raised in La Junta, Fowler graduated from La Junta schools, Otero Junior College and the University of Colorado. Upon graduation, he returned to La Junta.

"Not satisfied with just making a living, he actively participated in volunteer organizations that serve La Junta and this area," Cody said.

Fowler has been an active and early supporter of InspirationField and a member of its human rights commission. The Fowler family is an active promoter of gifting to the art collection of the Koshare Kiva. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts, Koshare Head Chief and later an adult leader while son Nathan became a Scout. He served on the board of directors from 1988 to 2012 and several years served as chairman. He has recently agreed to serve on the board again.

He was a John Fisher Hose Company member for 45 years, from 1969 to 2014. He served as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, safety officer and EMS provider and receiver.

He has been the Otero County coroner for 39 years. He was a founding member of the Colorado Coroners Association, serving on the board for 25 years, retiring in 2012.

"As a La Junta Police Reserve Officer for 43 years, I had many opportunities to observe Bob Fowler from the time he joined the John Fisher Hose Co. and the county coroner's office," Cody said. "His caring attitude toward those injured or who were suffering form the loss of a loved one showed in his every word or action. He had the same equally caring and vigilant attitude toward the firefighters as their safety officer.

"Love for people by 'Dr. Bob' has always been evident when you observe him as a regular pharmacist. He is quick to respond to the concerns and questions of a pharmacy patron."

Bob Fowler and his wife, Diane, who is a registered nurse, have been married for 39 years. They have four children: Kristi and Jake Mayo, who have four children; Heidi and Dan Gearhart, who have two children; Megan, head athletic trainer for Heston College and son Nathan and wife Meggan who live in Fort Collins.