BAKER — When 5-year-old Roman Cato’s monster truck went missing, Deputy Tim Trowbridge was on the case.


Wanda Turner Cato, Roman’s grandmother, was dropping the Baker student off at daycare a little over a month ago.



As they were pulling up, Roman saw a deputy with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office nearby.


Tim Trowbridge, the deputy, was on duty outside of Holt Academy. Trowbridge said Roman made a "beeline for the patrol car."


Roman talked with Trowbridge for several minutes, asking if he caught any bad guys or bank robbers.


Roman said his monster truck was missing. Wanda said it was probably lost in his room. Roman asked if the deputy could find his missing toy.


"He had a mission for me to do," said Trowbridge. "It’s worth taking 10 minutes out of your day to make a positive impression on your child."


At the next opportunity, Trowbridge bought the young boy several new monster trucks. He brought the trucks along with a note to Roman’s daycare.


"I’m sorry to say, but I looked all over the county and I could not find your missing monster truck," he said in the note. "However, I did find these two monster trucks that were needing to be played with."


Trowbridge said he was impressed with the way Roman’s family taught him respect for law enforcement.


"Roman and the parents are the heroes of this story," he said.