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KUSA - Meet Joel Watkins. If you don't already know him, you should.

Since opening day 18 years ago, Watkins has been serving up hot dogs on the corner of 19th and Wynkoop just one block away from Coors Field.

More important than the meal is the man behind it all.

Watkin's dedication to his customers and his continuous warm smile prompted Mayor Hancock to bestow a special honor - that few receive in the mile high city.

"By the power vested in me, I am going to proclaim, today, July 11, 2014, Joel Watkins day in Denver, Colorado."

Surrounded by friends and loyal customers it was a day that won't soon be forgotten.

"About eight years ago, I discovered Joel and my friend was visiting from Chicago and he said the way to find good food in the city is you got to go where the cops go. So we were coming down here to the ball game and there was a line with at least six cops in it and we said this has to be the spot."

Not a man for many words, Joel the hot dog man quickly returned to what he loves, serving Rockies fans and making a must bigger impact on people than he ever knew imaginable.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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