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Local volunteer couple named "Florida Citizens of the Year" for help finding missing child 

Anthony and Dawn Butrym helped locate Rickey Wheeler, were awarded in Tallahassee ceremony
by: Joey Pellegrino Staff Writer

Anthony and Dawn Butrym were both awarded "Citizen of the Year" at the 2019 Florida Missing Children's Day ceremony, in recognition of their volunteer efforts which led to finding missing child Rickey Wheeler alive after more than four days of searching. The award was presented at the Florida Capitol Building in Tallahassee by Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. 

The Butryms were the first couple to sign up for the volunteer effort and located Rickey’s clothing, allowing bloodhounds to pick up his scent and find him shortly afterward. 

“They did not know Rickey or his family," said Sheriff Rick Staly. "They only knew that there was a missing, endangered juvenile who needed help and they were there to help any way they could. They are very deserving of this award and they reflect well on our community.” 

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