Courtney Garcia was recognized for her quick actions to help her bus driver, who became unresponsive while suffering a medical emergency. Shown here from left are Transportation Director Fritz Klabunde, the bus driver, Garcia, and Garcia's mother, Anita Garcia.

Student recognized for saving school bus driver’s life

After a driver became unresponsive, Courtney Garcia, an eighth-grade student in Texas, was able to use the two-way radio with no training and reach district transportation officials, who sent help. Garcia was given a certificate of recognition for her quick actions.


Student honored for actions after school bus crash

Shayne Pierre, 15, received an award from the Montana Highway Patrol for assisting the injured drunken driver of the other vehicle, then returning to the bus to get the students to exit because he had noticed gasoline leaking from the vehicles.


NAPT News & Views — Honoring one of our own heroes

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

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

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

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

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.

Ricardo Ramos (at left, being interviewed), acted quickly when a sudden deluge swept away two children who were crossing the street.

School bus driver saves 2 kids from floodwaters

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.

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