Student transportation professionals are recognized for their remarkable dedication and service to the school bus industry. Awards are also presented to Zonar’s 2019 Don Carnahan Memorial grant recipients.
Freddie Phillips, a bus driver for East Baton Rouge Parish School System, is the winner of the securement supplier's second annual National Special-Needs School Bus Driver of the Year award.
Sharon Kruse of California offers her kidney to Diane Gonzalez after learning that she had been on dialysis for over two years and was looking for a kidney and is on the transplant list.
The bus driver alerts the fifth grade student to get back on the bus when a vehicle drives on the sidewalk past the stopped bus, plowing across several lawns.
Bus driver Carlos and aide Linda of South Carolina are driving on their morning route when they spot a boy who had gone missing the night before. They convince him to board the bus and take him to safety.
Becky Schaffer receives Citrus County (Fla.) School District's "Making a Difference Award" after helping prevent a student from being hit by a truck that illegally passed her bus in April.
Isabel Lane of Wisconsin reaches her hand out to a frightened student on his first day of school after he boards the bus. A photo of the gesture taken by his mother is widely shared on social media.
The three Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools trainers quickly administer CPR to their coworker after she has a seizure, loses consciousness, and stops breathing during a training session.
Norman Miller, a driver with Lee County School District, stops his bus to extinguish a fire on the porch of a mobile home and rescue the family inside.
Francis Kuznia is recognized for his quick actions in saving 24 students from a collision with a semi-tractor trailer earlier this month.
Katee Horner of Montana receives second place in First Student’s 2019 Be First Awards after purchasing reflective safety belts for students to wear at school bus stops.
Skip Torpey and Linda Harris of New York are being recognized for helping save a student’s mother who went unconscious during their bus route last month.
Judy Scott of Illinois is able to pull the bus over and apply the bus's emergency brake after it loses power when she hits a bump while driving.