ANGOLA, N.Y. — Lake Shore Central School District's board of education recently honored Lorraine "Lori" Golden for her actions on Sept. 6, which protected several elementary school students from being struck by an out-of-control vehicle.
Golden had stopped her bus, performed a visual inspection of the road and opened the doors when her instincts and training led her to block the students from exiting the bus, The OBSERVER reports. A white Dodge minivan skidded sideways in front of the bus' doors and across three lawns in front of the parents who were waiting for their children.
Golden and other witnesses were able to describe the vehicle and provide a partial plate number to police.
Golden, a veteran school bus driver and certified driver instructor, was presented with a certificate and flowers by Superintendent James Przepasniak for her distinguished service and training.
"There was no place I would have rather been at that place and time that all of my training and years of service came together to circumvent what could have been a tragic scenario," Golden said after receiving her award, according to The OBSERVER. "It was all in a days' work and I am glad I could be of service."