The Charlotte County Sheriff honored 8-year-old hero Nicholas Prokos who jumped behind the wheel when his mother suffered a seizure while driving. His quick actions helped prevent a head-on collision with another vehicle.
“Because of your quick actions and grabbing the steering wheel of the car your mom was driving when she had a seizure, you prevented some serious injuries to other people and your mom,” said Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron.
Nicholas was in the back seat when his mom had a seizure driving down Kings Highway June 10th.
Their car went off the road, hit a guard rail and was heading towards a lake and into oncoming traffic.
Nicholas unbuckled his seatbelt, climbed up front and steered the car to avoid a potentially deadly head-on collision.
“His behavior and actions were really commendable and he truly is a little hero,” said Cameron.
In front of Nicholas’ family and television and print reporters, Sheriff Cameron swore the 8 year old on to the force – as his youngest honorary deputy.
“I will be an outstanding citizen of Charlotte County,” said Nicholas.
After the ceremony Nicholas was given a behind the scenes tour of the sheriff’s office and his very own sheriff’s badge.
Sarah Prokos is no longer allowed to drive because of her condition. She says while Nicholas has hailed as a hero, she has received angry hate mail.
“Suggesting that I was teaching my little boy to drive on purpose because I was driving around the community expecting to have seizures in the car. This is not something we’ve done and I want to make that perfectly clear,” said Sarah.
Nicholas says he’s looking forward to a career in law enforcement.