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A UPS driver from Franklin County was presented the inaugural Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award from Gov. Eric Greitens during a ceremony Saturday.

Robbie Belew, St. Clair, was recognized for his quick action in alerting authorities about a woman and child who were in danger at a Robertsville area home in December.

The Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award is a newly established recognition that is presented to a civilian who has provided valuable or courageous assistance to members of a Missouri public safety agency in an emergency situation. He was nominated by Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton’s office.

On Dec. 9, 2016, during a scheduled package pickup at the home, Belew, of St. Clair, had knocked on the door of the home and a woman came outside to retrieve packages from her vehicle. While in the car, she found an ink pen, wrote on an envelope to call 911 and handed it to Belew.

Belew, who has been with UPS for over 13 years, said he realized that the woman was in distress.

He drove to the end of the driveway, out of sight of the home, and called the sheriff’s office. Authorities said the woman and a 3-year-old toddler were being held against their will in the home. A 33-year-old man was arrested and later charged with second-degree domestic assault, sodomy, felonious restraint, unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

“We are really proud of what Robbie did,” said Pelton. “It takes courage to stand up for the right thing.”

Pelton added the sheriff’s office has been encouraging residents to be proactive in aiding law enforcement officers though a “see something, say something” campaign.

“This is the epitome of that,” he added. “It is a very well-deserved recognition.”

Belew’s award was the first Public Safety Civilian Partnership Award presented in the state. It was awarded Saturday, Oct. 28, in Jefferson City by Greitens along with the Missouri Medal of Valor and three other new Department of Public Safety awards.

“Missourians are extraordinarily grateful for the risks our public safety responders are willing to assume each and every day to make our state safe,” Greitens said.

“Today, it was my honor to stand with and recognize some of the finest citizens our state has. Their lifesaving and compassionate actions prevented deaths, strengthened communities and gave new hope to people facing adversity.

“I also believe it’s extremely important to recognize the civilians, who partnered with public safety officers in emergency situations and protected the public. Thank you to all who bravely acted to make a difference in their communities.”