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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.

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.

The Yellow Bus' Vital Role in Homeland Security

School buses have been used in a variety of operations to protect the public in emergencies, such as hurricanes and floods. Here are details on how pupil transporters are preparing for and responding to times of crisis.   

Alabama students honored for actions during bus hijacking

Dr. Thomas Bice, Alabama’s superintendent of schools, presents proclamations to each of the students who were on their school bus when it was hijacked by gunman Jimmy Lee Dykes, who allegedly shot driver Charles Poland and then abducted one student. Bice says the students displayed safety skills that Poland taught them, and he recounts how the students loved Poland.

NAPT rolls out red carpet for award winners

During Sunday night's awards banquet, attendees and honorees are treated to dinner and musical accompaniment. Among those recognized for their contributions to the industry are Cathy Snow of Elk Grove (Calif.) Unified School District, who receives the Heroism Award, Heather Handschin of Spotsylvania County (Va.) Schools, who receives the Continuing Education Award, and Victoria Creech of Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Fla., who wins the Special Needs Transportation Award.