David Opont, the 12-year-old who was tied up and set afire by a neighborhood bully he thought was forcing drugs on him, was hailed as a "hero of the year" by Vice President Dan Quayle. Quayle embraced the boy Thursday in presenting him with the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame's Hero of the Year award in New York. "David's courage has set an example for all Americans to stand their ground and not let drugs take over," said Quayle. "With brave Americans like David, I'm convinced we'll win the war on drugs." Opont was accosted by a 14-year-old on March 7 and taken to the basement of an abandoned building, where he was set on fire. He initially was given less than a 50 percent chance of survival. He was released from the hospital last summer.