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NAPT News & Views — Honoring one of our own heroes
March 25, 2014

Charles “Chuck” Poland Jr. was a school bus driver. Not just any school bus driver, but the one who put his life on the line to protect his passengers when a deranged and armed man commandeered his bus last year. A little more than a year after he was slain on the job, we should all continue to honor his memory, his dedication to the children entrusted to him, and his exceptional heroism.

School bus crash responder wins Carnegie Medal
January 2, 2014
When a school bus collided with a tractor-trailer in Nebraska in 2012, motorist Philip Petr stopped and provided critical help. With a fire spreading in the wreckage, Petr climbed into the bus and helped students escape.
Teachers prevent driverless, speeding bus from overturning
December 31, 2013
Bus driver Michael Hacker speeds through a stop sign and makes a late turn, throwing him to the floor and causing the bus to veer into a ditch. Lee Morris, a sign-language interpreter, grabs the wheel and regains control of the bus, while fourth-grade teacher Amy Ryan is able to reach the brake pedal by climbing around Hacker.
Bus driver defends girl from dog attack
December 16, 2013
Denise Dolcoe, a school bus driver for Fort Bend (Texas) Independent School District, was on her afternoon route when she noticed a pit bull attacking a girl. Officials say that the driver immediately stopped her bus, grabbed a bucket and ran to the girl’s defense.
Kansas school bus drivers honored for heroism
October 28, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed last Wednesday School Bus Drivers' Appreciation Day in the state. Rannie and Diana Schmidt were among those in the spotlight. The driving duo came across an accident last year and provided critical aid to a mother and daughter.
School bus driver saves 2 kids from floodwaters
August 30, 2013
Ricardo Ramos, a Student Transportation of America driver and trainer in Riverside, Calif., acts quickly when a sudden deluge sweeps away two children crossing the street. He jumps into the surge and pulls both kids to safety.
The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security
April 9, 2013

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.   

Alabama students honored for actions during bus hijacking
March 19, 2013
Dr. Thomas Bice, Alabama’s superintendent of schools, presents proclamations to each of the students who were on their school bus when it was hijacked by gunman Jimmy Lee Dykes, who allegedly shot driver Charles Poland and then abducted one student. Bice says the students displayed safety skills that Poland taught them, and he recounts how the students loved Poland.
NAPT rolls out red carpet for award winners
October 21, 2012
During Sunday night's awards banquet, attendees and honorees are treated to dinner and musical accompaniment. Among those recognized for their contributions to the industry are Cathy Snow of Elk Grove (Calif.) Unified School District, who receives the Heroism Award, Heather Handschin of Spotsylvania County (Va.) Schools, who receives the Continuing Education Award, and Victoria Creech of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., who wins the Special Needs Transportation Award.
Pupil transporters honored for service, safety excellence
October 24, 2011
School bus driver John Fothergill and Peter Lawrence of Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District were among the honorees at Sunday's NAPT awards banquet. During Monday's celebratory breakfast, this year's "America's Best" school bus technician and inspector were among the individuals recognized for their achievements.
Heroes in School Transportation
January 24, 2011

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.

Bus driver helps save student’s life
July 23, 2010
Cristina Rickert stopped her bus when she saw students playing recklessly on a snow bank on the side of the road. One of the students then slid under the wheels of the bus. Rickert receives the 2010 New York State Bus Driver Heroism Award for her actions.
Driver with heart attack stops bus before busy intersection
May 14, 2010
A school bus driver was able to steer his bus into a concrete retaining wall, stopping the vehicle while he began to have a heart attack. The driver reportedly told his passengers to brace themselves before the crash.
Emergency Preparedness Takes Center Stage
January 1, 2007

The NAPT’s 32nd Annual Conference and Trade Show features a bus-rail crash demonstration and seminars on emergency response, as well as a new leadership initiative.

Toll collectors rescue children
August 1, 2006

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Four toll collectors were recognized for their heroism after they rescued 24 children from a school bus fire on July 14.

Bus driver braves icy water to rescue woman
February 1, 2006

OLD FORGE, N.Y. — In a remarkable showing of vigilance and courage, a school bus driver helped save the life of a woman trapped in her car in a frigid pond.

Gifts that keep giving
December 1, 2005

The news media is seldom kind to the pupil transportation industry and particularly our drivers.

2005 NAPT Award Winners
November 1, 2005

The following honors will be presented at the NAPT’s Awards Banquet and Recognition Breakfast, held on Oct. 30 and 31, respectively, in Austin, Texas.

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