Quick-thinking Michigan schoolboy saves 66 students

Quick-thinking Michigan schoolboy saves 66 students

A school bus in the USA Credit: Adam E. Moreira/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

A Michigan schoolboy became a hero, steering his school bus and 66 students to safety after the driver lost consciousness.

The 13-year-old schoolboy of Carter Middle School in Warren, Michigan, who has been named as Dillon Reeves, is being hailed a hero as of yesterday, April 29, for ensuring the safety of his schoolmates as the school bus driver passed out at the wheel.

Dillon was seated five rows from the front of the bus before leaping to the rescue and successfully bringing the bus to a stop. The bus driver can be seen in a video of the incident calling for help as she felt unwell, before Dillon sprung into action.

Mike Sington, who shared the video from WXYZ on Twitter said: School bus driver, driving 66 children in Michigan, has medical emergency and becomes incapacitated. 13-year-old Dillon Reeves jumps to the rescue and brings the bus to a halt.”

Dillon very quick-wittedly urged schoolmates to call 911 as, even in the face of the potentially life-threating incident he had just prevented, he could also see that the bus driver needed urgent medical attention.

Now the town of Warren is hailing Dillon Reeves a hero with with Warren Councilman Jonathan Lafferty saying in a Facebook post: “We are very proud of you for your heroic actions!”

When the school called his parents, his father had presumed Dillon had got himself in trouble, only to find out their son was a hero.

As reported by the BBC, his stepmother Ireta Reeves, wrote on Facebook: “He is home and everyone is okay all thanks to Dillon!!! To Dillon, it’s just another day. He has no idea the amount of people who are so proud of him today.”

The gravity of his actions may not sink in for Dillon Reeves for years to come, but they will certainly live long in the memories of the parents of 66 Michigan schoolchildren, who will surely join local officials in Warren County in thanking him from the bottom of their hearts.

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David Laycock

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