Bus Driver Pulls 20 Kids From Fiery School Bus
Viral| | By Matthew D'Onofrio
On Monday, an elementary school bus caught fire and it wasn’t a firefighter who was the hero of the day.
Maryland bus driver Reneita Smith possibly saved 20 children’s lives as she safely pulled each and every one of them off her soon-to-be-ablaze school bus.
“A big THANK YOU to our school bus driver Reneita Smith who just saved 20 elementary school kids from a bus fire that completely destroyed the bus,” said local Fazlul Kabir. “Not only Reneita took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the empty bus again to check if everyone was out, while it was still burning.”
The scene had already lit up around 4:45 p.m. in College Park, MD when the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company showed up. The fire sure needed to be taken care of, but no rescuing was required thanks to Smith who did the rescuing herself – evacuating all 20 Glenarden Woods Elementary School children.
You can gauge the intensity of the scene in this dash-cam footage:
According to Prince George’s County Public Information Officer Mark E. Brady, the fire originated near one of the real wheels and spread throughout the bus. However, the exact cause of the fire is still undetermined.
“I am a mom of two kids,” Smith told Kabir. “It’s my job to save them.”
The world needs more people like Smith, people with the mindset of a hero, as those in her community are calling her.