Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell called it a wonderful Christmas present. On Monday morning, Dana Holloway showed up at Boswell’s Phenix City office to thank the sheriff for a job well done — 20 years ago.
Holloway, now 20, was kidnapped two decades ago from her Fort Mitchell home. She was found unharmed two weeks later in an Orlando, Fla. area motel room with an Iranian short-order cook.
“I see her sitting here and I get emotional,” Boswell said Monday.
The reunion was arranged by one of Boswell’s friends, Jim Welburn, president of American Truck Driving Academy in Opelika.
Holloway was at Welburn’s office when she noticed a campaign sign for Boswell’s successor, Heath Taylor. She asked Welburn if he knew Boswell.
When he said he knew the sheriff well, Holloway began to tell of her kidnapping by a woman who had been baby-sitting her at the time.
“He saved my life,” Holloway said of the sheriff, who is retiring next month after 21 years in office.
“I asked her if she would like to meet the sheriff,” Welburn said.