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Heroes in School Transportation

In this new feature, we shine the spotlight on pupil transportation professionals from around the nation who have saved lives or performed other selfless acts. Read about how their training, dedication and quick thinking paid off.

by SBF Staff


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Belinda Johnson used CPR training from her job as a bus driver to save an elderly man at her second job last Halloween.

Quick thinking saves choking man
Belinda Johnson
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Suwanee, Ga.

Using CPR training from Gwinnett County Public Schools, bus driver Belinda Johnson was able to successfully perform a choking rescue procedure on an elderly man at her second job.

“I was glad I was there to assist,” Johnson says.

Before working as a bus driver for Gwinnett over the last 12 years, Johnson started her career in school transportation in Delaware as a school bus monitor. The incident at her second job was the first time she had to use her training to save someone, despite having worked in the industry for almost 15 years.

“With the continuous training that we are given each year from our Gwinnett County transportation department and through our safety and training program, I was able to help save the life of this man,” Johnson says.

While working at Sam’s Club this past Halloween, a customer approached Johnson and told her that her husband was choking. Johnson asked someone to call 911 and immediately began performing abdominal thrusts to clear the man’s obstructed airway.

“The customer at this time lost consciousness, and I had to assist him to the floor,” she says. “I worked with him for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, and after a few attempts, he started to cough.”

The man eventually regained consciousness and thanked Johnson for saving his life. The crowd that had gathered also expressed their appreciation for her unwavering efforts to revive him.

“I was exhausted,” Johnson says with a laugh. “But everybody was calling me a hero.”

In addition to being praised by the crowd that had gathered around her, Johnson received special recognition for her efforts from her supervisors at both of her jobs.

She currently transports disabled students for Gwinnett County Public Schools and won Bus Manager (the district’s term for bus driver) of the Year in 2004 for outstanding achievement.

In her spare time, Johnson focuses her efforts on helping and supporting the Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital.

— JENNIFER WASHINGTON

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