Special Needs Transportation

Student With Autism Hailed a Hero in Escape from Smoking School Bus

Posted on September 30, 2016

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. — A student with autism is being hailed a hero for alerting his bus driver of smoke on the bus, CBS New York reports.

Alex Perez, 10, told the news source that he yelled out to get the bus driver’s attention after seeing smoke coming from the engine of the bus. The bus driver pulled over, and soon after, first responders arrived and removed all seven special-needs students and the driver from the bus before it caught fire. One student was treated for issues with breathing, but there were no serious injuries, according to CBS New York.

Perez’s mother told the news source that her son’s autism may have helped in the situation because he is high sensory, and can pick up smells and sounds quickly.

Perez did not take credit for his role in saving the passengers from the fire, telling CBS New York that he “was like the sidekick.”

To read the full story, go here.

Related Topics: autism, bus fires

Comments ( 1 )
  • Steve

     | about 2 years ago

    That is awesome to recognize Alex. Sounds like he knew what to do and was able to put it into action in an emergency. That is exactly what the drills and training are preparing the kids and drivers for. I hope he feels good knowing he really is a hero! He did everything right.

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