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January 05, 2012  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

School bus driver saves lost infant’s life


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nothing could have prepared school bus driver Ricardo Martinez for the unique emergency situation he faced en route last October.

However, thanks to his strong instincts and moral code, Martinez was able to bring a lost infant to safety.

As Martinez was covering a special-needs trip for the Anaheim City School District on Oct. 14, he noticed cars swerving around something in the middle of the road. He drove a bit closer only to find it was a 15-month-old baby boy in a T-shirt and diaper. In a strange coincidence, he was playing with a toy school bus.

“A lot of things were going through my head,” Martinez recalled. “I knew I had to save the baby, and I wondered why the other cars hadn’t stopped when they saw him.”

Quick thinking led Martinez to first secure his bus so he could retrieve the baby, taking him out of harm’s way. He brought the infant onto the bus and radioed dispatch, who then notified the Anaheim Police Department.

To read the rest of this story and other accounts of school bus driver bravery, see the new "Heroes in School Transportation" feature in our forthcoming January issue, or view it online here.


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Sandra, you must know him since you are local to Anaheim?

Buslady    |    Jan 31, 2012 02:51 PM

Kudos to the bus driver. I would have no fears if my child was on his bus. He is to be commemded. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on the other drivers.

Laura from Philly    |    Jan 12, 2012 06:31 AM

He is a savior! Well done big boy! give me a call ;) 714 978 9168

sandra    |    Jan 10, 2012 06:17 PM

Thank the Lord there was somebody who cared so many people just dont, Job Well Done Driver keep up the good work

Terry Lamb    |    Jan 10, 2012 05:55 AM

HERO. nuf said. Even if kids were on board, H E R O. I hope the kid is NOT returned to parents cos that's just awful.

Buslady    |    Jan 09, 2012 02:08 PM

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