UPS driver Robbie Belew was recognized Wednesday by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department as a “Hometown Hero” for his quick action in alerting authorities about a woman and child who were in danger at a Robertsville area home in December.

The award was presented by Sheriff Steve Pelton. 

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 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.

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