Bobby Dixon, owner-manager of the Waterfront Motel, Fort Pierce, has been chosen Citizen of the year by the Florida Missing Children’s Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“I nominated Mr. Dixon for his quick thinking the morning of Jan. 4, when he identified the 28-year-old sex offender who had abducted the nine-year-old daughter of the offender’s female companion,” Sheriff Mascara said. “Mr. Dixon became suspicious when Bruno Andre of Fort Pierce game into the hotel trying to rent a room. Mr. Dixon looked outside and saw the girl in his car. Mr. Dixon demanded an explanation, and after hearing it and questioning Andre, he got back in his car.
“Before he drove away, Mr. Dixon wrote down the license tag of the car and called 9-1-1,” Sheriff Mascara continued. “The girl was located at a county elementary school, and deputies arrested Andre in Fort Pierce.”
Deputies charged Andre with interference with child custody, lewd and lascivious battery on a child less than12 years old and false imprisonment of a child less than 13 years old. The girl was returned to her mother.
“I brought Mr. Dixon the good news and again thanked him for his service to the community,” Sheriff Mascara said. “The Florida Missing Children Information Clearinghouse Advisory Board will bring Mr. Dixon to Tallahassee Sept. 10 where he will be honored at a ceremony the next day at the State Capitol.”
The Advisory Board’s criteria for the award-winning activity are: “The activity can be determined to be exceptional, extraordinary, outstanding, or heroic, and that such activity resulted in the prevention of a child abduction or the recovery of a child from a situation of imminent danger.”
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