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Boy honored for actions after crash

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 5, 2002

A seventh-grader at Ben Hill Middle School won an award for heroism for coming to the aid of an injured motorist.

Adam Sheppard, 12, of Northdale received the Hillsborough County Council of PTA-PTSA award at the organization's luncheon Thursday.

Following an auto accident involving his family and another driver, Sheppard noticed smoke and fluids leaking from the other car. After checking to see that his family was unhurt, Sheppard went over to the other car and saw a deployed air bag.

The driver got out of the car and Sheppard helped him to the side of the road. He grabbed an ice pack, an unopened bottle of water and some napkins, which the man used to wipe blood from his face. Rescue teams arrived soon after.

"(Sheppard) showed clear, level-headed thinking in a difficult situation," Linda Applegate, president of the county's PTA-PTSA, said in a statement.

Adam's mother, Sue, said Adam did not think his good deed was extraordinary.

"Mom, I'm not a hero," she recalled Adam saying. "I just helped someone out."

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