FLOROSA, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriffs’ Office said Shelia Grimes and Kameron Mathis made potentially life-saving actions on May 11, 2022, after they stopped to protect a young girl standing along Highway 98.

OCSO said deputies receive multiple 9-1-1 calls of a young girl standing in and along Highway 98 near the Santa Rosa County line. Grimes and Mathis both stopped their cars to move the child out of the turning lane and waited for deputies to arrive.

EMS and OCSO on the scene said the girl was ok. The 5-year-old has autism and is non-verbal. OCSO said she got out of her home .06 mile away from where she was found.

The girl’s father came to the scene and OCSO released the kid back to her family.

OCSO presented both Grimes and Mathis with a citizens award Monday, July 25.

“Based on the swift actions of Kameron Mathis and Shiela Grimes the child was unharmed and quickly reunited with her father. Without their intervention, the child could have certainly been harmed, or not immediately recorded especially wiht the incident occurring during 500 traffic on a weekday shortly before dark on Highway 98,” said OCSO Community Resource Deputy Brian Muhlback.

Full report from OCSO:

Community Resource Deputy Brian Muhlback presented OCSO Citizen Awards to Shelia Grimes of Santa Rosa Beach and Kameron Mathis of Fort Walton Beach after both noticed a five-year old child standing along Highway 98 in Florosa and stopped their cars to get her to safety until OCSO deputies could arrive.The child, who is autistic and non-verbal, had managed to slip out of her home and travel approximately half a mile before Grimes and Mathis stopped and moved her to safety.After confirming the little girl’s welfare and the circumstances, she was reunited with her father.Thank you Shelia and Kameron for your quick, potentially lifesaving actions to protect a child!

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