An airman at F.E. Warren Air Force Base was recently recognized for actions which led to the capture of a wanted man and the recovery of a missing boy.

According to a base news article, Airman Suzanne Pedro was working the gate on June 28 when a man drove up and handed her an unusual form of identification.

"I had a feeling something wasn’t right," said Pedro. "Neither the man or the child looked at me while I scanned the ID. When it flashed red for warrants, my heart began to race."

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After quietly alerting her supervisors and wingmen on duty at the gate, Pedro directed the car out of the line of traffic to prevent the man from fleeing and local law enforcement was contacted.

"We were told of a weapon in the car, so my heart was racing, but I wasn't nervous," said Pedro. "My main concern was keeping the child distracted and keeping him comfortable and happy."

The base says the boy had been missing from his biological mother since December 2020. The incident remains under investigation.

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