Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.
A 10K charity race was taking place on a highway in Tampa Bay, Florida. About seven thousand runners were participating to raise money for the Armed Forces Family Foundation. Like with all races, blockades and road closures were set up to accommodate the course that morning.
Word quickly spread among the Florida Highway Patrol troopers that a BMW was spotted speeding and heading in the direction of a road closed for the race. Toni Schuck, a 26-year-veteran of the highway patrol, saw the vehicle blow through the barrier, speeding towards the Sunshine Skyway Bridge full of runners.
Trooper Schuck quickly moved her vehicle in between the bridge and the speeding car, resulting in a near head-on collision. She was taken to the hospital and has since been released, recovering at home from her injuries. As for the driver, the 52-year-old woman was arrested for DUI.
Learn more about this story as covered by NBC’s Today.
This could’ve been a very different situation had it not been for the bravery of Toni Schuck – we have no doubt that her actions saved so many lives! Toni, you are our ACC Hero of the Week!
Nominate a Hero of the Week
Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!