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Youth follows mom's advice to help in crash

Published Oct. 8, 2005

I'd like to commend a young man, an eighth-grader at Sixteenth Street Middle School. On Oct. 17, I was driving my daughter home from school when we got into a four-car accident. This young man, Steven Charles, came out to the cars to make sure everyone was okay. He was level-headed and encouraging. I told him at the time that I appreciated his thoughtfulness. He said his mom told him that if he ever saw an accident, he should see if he could help. I applaud not only him but also his mother for the good upbringing. Kids don't get enough good publicity, and I thought this good turn deserved to be in the paper.

Dee Thomey, St. Petersburg

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