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January 19, 2010  |   Comments (3)   |   Post a comment

School bus driver picks up lost child, sticks to protocol


BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — School bus driver Doretha Jackson was completing her morning pick-ups last week when she spotted a young child walking alone down the street.

The little girl, who appeared to be about 1 year old, was approaching a busy street, and Jackson saw no one following the child to stop her, according to an article in the Naples Daily News.

Jackson radioed her supervisor and asked if she could bring the child on the bus while transportation staff contacted the sheriff's office.

Recalling her training, Jackson opted not to leave her bus with students on board. Jackson asked a nearby pedestrian to bring the child onto the bus. She then assigned two of her passengers to watch the child.

While waiting for deputies to arrive, Jackson drove around the block to her next stop to pick up another student. By the time she returned to the scene, the toddler's mother and law enforcement had arrived. According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, no charges were filed related to the incident.

Jackson, who has worked as a bus driver for Lee County Public Schools for 11 years, received praise and thanks from her supervisors, who were impressed by her level-headed response to the situation and adherence to school transportation policy.

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Doretha Jackson is to be commended for finding and saving that child. Lee County needs to nominate her for the Florida Missing Children's Day School Bus Operator of the Year 2010 award. Had she not picked her up, that 1 year old may have been killed by a vehicle or kidnapped. Way to go Doretha!

Celeste Martens    |    Jan 20, 2010 09:53 AM

A drivers training, mother's instinct, maybe common sense. Thank goodness that is still left in this crazy world. Good Job.

Eleonore Hendrickson    |    Jan 20, 2010 09:07 AM

Kudo's to the driver Doretha Jackson for staying calm and remembering her training. Lee County is very lucky to have her.

Suzanne Saski    |    Jan 20, 2010 04:35 AM

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