School bus drivers have an incredibly important job since they’re tasked with safely delivering dozens of other people’s children to and from school and their homes.
And when one Alabama bus driver had a medical emergency while driving an after-school bus, 38 small children’s lives were put in danger. Luckily, however, one brave high school student was aboard the bus and didn’t hesitate to save the day when he noticed the bus start to veer off the road.
“I looked back at her [the driver] and she had her head rolled back, hands off the steering wheel, and I was like, yeah, I should do something,” said high school senior Jesse Frank. While the rest of the students started to panic, Frank made a plan and calmly executed it. “It didn’t seem that complicated in my head. I just planned out a few simple steps. I didn’t think it would be that hard to execute them,” said Frank, who used one hand to push down the brake and used his other hand to carefully guide the bus to the side of the road.
Frank then dialed 911 and waited until help arrived before removing his hand from the brake pedal. “There were several elementary students crying. One of them asked to borrow my cell phone to make a phone call to their parents.”
“There was no surprise, you know, if there was anybody out there who could go out there and take an action, he would be the one at the front of the list,” said principal Tony Dowdy. “Jesse is a hero to all of those children and their families, and he is certainly a hero to us,” said mayor Bill Pruitt, who presented Frank with the key to the city for his bravery. “When asked for a comment, Jesse said that he didn’t think what he had done was really that big of a deal at the time. I don’t guess you would when helping others is just part of who you are.”
“It gives me an expectation to meet, in a good way,” Frank said. “Now that eyes are on me, in a manner of speaking, I feel like I’ve got to represent myself.”
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