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Sheriff Recognizes Good Samaritan Citizen


On Wednesday (May 18), Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston recognized a Lindale resident who is employed in Gordon County, for locating a lost/runaway child. On May 11, shortly after midnight, Ms. Daria Escutia-Hernandez was driving west on State Route 53 toward her home in Lindale, Georgia. Along the route, she observed a small child walking along the side of the roadway. Ms. Escutia-Hernandez immediately stopped, approached the child and put him inside her car. She called 911 and kept the child safely until the arrival of deputy sheriffs a few minutes later. The deputies took the child home in Plainville and learned that he had left the house without the knowledge of the adults there.

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Sheriff Mitch Ralston presented Ms. Escutia-Hernandez with a Citizen Service Awardfor her actions on May 11. “In what was potentially a very dangerous situation on a major highway late at night, Ms. Escutia-Hernandez certainly distinguished herself in stopping and rendering aid to a 7 year old child alone on the roadway, not merely notifying the authorities, but personally ensuring the child’s safety until the arrival of emergency personnel. Ms. Escutia-Hernadez is a fine example of a compassionate and caring citizen, and deserves our thanks and recognition.”

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