Pair honored for actions in Amber Alert incident

Salt Lake Tribune

It was last October when Tonia McPeak and Steve Garrett heard an Amber Alert broadcast information about a 3-year-old boy who police believed had been kidnapped by his father. McPeak was astonished when she realized the car in front of her on I-15 matched the description of the car in the alert. She dialed 911 and followed the car. Steve Garrett, driving alongside McPeak, did the same thing.

On Tuesday,McPeak and Garrett were presented the Rachel Runyon award for their efforts in helping police arrest the man in the car and return the 3-year-old boy to his mother, said Paul Murphy, spokesman for the Utah Attorney General’s office.

Elaine Runyan-Simmins, whose 3-year-old daughter Rachel Runyon was abducted and murdered in 1982, was joined by Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, Utah Broadcasters Association president Dale Zabriskie and members of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office to present the award.

This week marks the ninth anniversary of the abduction of Amber Hagermin, 9, in Arlington, Texas, for whom the Amber Alert is named. Murphy also announced that Utah’s 400 Comcast employees would be directly connected
to the Amber Alert system via their cell phones.

Copyright 2005 Salt Lake City Tribune

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