FREEPORT, Fla. - Walton County Deputy Kevin Smith spends a lot of time behind the wheel tending to the citizens of Walton County.
However, a specific call last month, led him on a much different path, to help a driver in distress.
"This woman's car was fully engulfed in flames in the woods," said Smith.
The woman was driving on Highway 90 when she crashed her vehicle into the woods. She was okay, but car was not, leaving her stranded in an unfamiliar place.
"Nobody was answering the phone for her, then her phone died."
The woman was just passing through on her way to Alabama when she became helpless. But it's a problem, Deputy Smith was determined to fix.
"I tried to get her to a hotel, but we needed to get her somewhere closer to home," said Smith. "So I drove her to Okaloosa county, to Nicevville, but it's Memorial Day weekend."
The holiday weekend working against them as the pair finds no vacancies at every single hotel in Niceville.
"Every hotel I drove her to, I'd sit in the car and wait," said Smith. "She'd go in, and then say, 'No, there's no room.'"
As they run out of options, Smith comes up with another plan to get her home. This time, calling on a fellow deputy for help, who was passing through Niceville and headed into Bay County.
"Then he was able to give her a ride to the airport when they opened so she could get a rental car," said Smith.
The woman called the Walton County Sheriff's Office expressing her thanks to both men going out of their way. She said the deputy who drove her to the airport, also walked in with her, to make sure she was
It was a task certainly not in his job description, but a prime example he says of why he comes to work everyday.
"That's my favorite part of this job, is actually helping people."
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