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Heroic crossing guard supervisor saves girl from being hit by car in Valrico

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Posted at 9:42 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-03 14:04:22-05

A heroic crossing guard supervisor was caught on video saving a young girl from getting hit by a car.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office shared the video of Kathleen Quinn from January 27 in honor of Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.

A seven-year-old was crossing the intersection at Culbreath Road and Nature's Way Boulevard in Valrico, when a vehicle swept through.

Quinn was in the middle of the road, with her stop sign raised above her head, when the driver refused to slow down.

She reached for the young girl, who was walking her bike across the street, and prevented what could have been a tragic accident, HCSO said.

Heroic crossing guard supervisor saves girl from being hit by car

Mia Carlson witnessed the incident as she waited for her daughter on the other side of the road. Overcome with gratitude, Carlson contacted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office 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 undoutedbly possesses the skills and, above all, the intuition needed to perform this critical duty. Without hesitation, she stepped into harm's 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."

According to HCSO, 295 crossing guards help the county's children get to and from school safely.