HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Hillsborough County crossing guard is being hailed a hero after saving a young girl from being hit by a reckless driver.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a 7-year-old girl was crossing the intersection at Culbreath Road and Nature’s Way Boulevard in Valrico on Jan. 27 when a car zoomed through the area.
Crossing Guard Supervisor Kathleen Quinn was in the middle of the road with her stop sign raised above her head when the driver refused to slow down, deputies say.
The sheriff’s office said Quinn instinctively reached for the girl, who was walking her bike across the street, and prevented what could have been a tragic accident.
Mia Carlson witnessed the incident as she waited for her daughter on the other side of the road. Carlson contacted HCSO to report Quinn’s heroic actions.
“Ms. Kathleen Quinn is nothing less than a hero,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Though she has only served two years as a crossing guard, she undoubtedly possesses the skills and, above all, the intuition needed to perform this critical duty. Without hesitation, she stepped into harms way to protect a child from a reckless driver. I am overwhelmed with pride to say she is part of our team of dedicated crossing guards who treat every child on their route as their own and ensure they get to and from school safely.”
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has 295 men and women who help local children get to and from school safely.