Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

More Honors for Woman Who Saved Boy; Hawkinson, Awarded the Life Saver Award by the Clay Sheriff, Says, "It's Been Overwhelming."

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

More Honors for Woman Who Saved Boy; Hawkinson, Awarded the Life Saver Award by the Clay Sheriff, Says, "It's Been Overwhelming."

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Byline: MARY MARAGHY

Melissa Hawkinson said she's still not comfortable being called a hero and she's ready to get out of the limelight.

"It's been overwhelming," said the Eagle Harbor mother of four children, who was honored Monday by Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler for diving into Doctors Lake and pulling 5-year-old Cameron Dorsey from the back seat of a sinking vehicle in late November.

The rescue drew widespread media attention. ABC's Good Morning America show flew Hawkinson, Cameron and Cameron's mother, Alicia Dorsey, to New York for an on-camera interview with Robin Roberts, aired Tuesday.

"She was a beautiful lady. She made me pretty comfortable," Hawkinson said of Roberts.

Hawkinson said she and Cameron's mother have become friends.

"She's now to the point where she doesn't say 'thank you, thank you' every time she sees me," Hawkinson said.

Meanwhile, Darren Dorsey, jailed in late November on attempted murder and aggravated battery charges in the incident, is scheduled to appear before Judge Fred Buttner at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, for a pre-trial hearing in the Clay County Courthouse.

Dorsey, charged with intentionally driving his vehicle into Doctors Lake with his 5-year-old son, Cameron, in the back seat, pleaded not guilty at his Dec. 14 arraignment.

Cameron, a Paterson Elementary School student, is physically fine but emotionally unwell, said his mother, Alicia Dorsey.

"He's is going to be going to counseling for a very long time. He has nightmares every night. He's angry. He has a lot of questions. He just doesn't understand," said Alicia, adding that at the doctor's suggestion she has taken him to theme parks recently in hopes of chasing away the nightmares.

Meanwhile, she said she's trying to focus all her energies on raising her children.

"I'm taking it day by day," she said. …

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