OKEECHOBEE, FL. -- At a recent powder puff football game at Okeechobee High School, senior Erin Hudson found a wallet. Ms. Hudson promptly turned it over to a school administrator. The school administrator, along with Sgt. Mark Roberts, School Resource Deputy Supervisor, counted the money and was quite surprised to find the wallet contained a large sum of money.
Sgt. Roberts stated, “I was quite astonished that there was actually cash still in the wallet. In a time when many could have and would have kept the property (cash) for personal gain, Erin showed her honesty and integrity in returning the lost wallet to school administration where it could be returned to its rightful owner. It’s without question, that Erin brings great honor and respect to herself by her actions and to all who had anything to do with her upbringing of such deep convictions of honesty and integrity.”
Sgt Roberts nominated Erin for a “Just-Us Citation Random Acts of Kindness Award”. The Just-Us Citation Program is an Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office sponsored program where School Resource Deputies recognize school aged youth for noteworthy achievements and contributions to their school and community.
On October 29, 2013, Erin was presented the award by Sheriff Paul C. May and Undersheriff Noel Stephen. Also pictured are Sgt. Mark Roberts and Okeechobee High School Principal Toni Weirsma. In addition to receiving a plaque, Erin also received one hundred dollars.
Sheriff Paul May said, “Whenever one of our young people do something wrong it is in the newspaper and on the radio and everyone hears about it. Whenever they do something right, you very seldom hear about it. This young lady returned this wallet with everything in it because it was the right thing to do. The vast majority of our young people in Okeechobee do the right thing every day and we are very proud of them. I want to take this opportunity to thank her for setting an example for all of us to follow.”