Drive Test

Today’s story of compassion has a sad ending. So if you’re looking to yuk it up on your Friday morning, I suggest you stop reading right now, log onto YouTube and type in “funny cats” or some derivative.

What I want to write about happened on Monday. At first it was just a regular school day for a busload of adolescents in Milton, Washington – that is, until their 43-year-old bus driver suddenly had a severe heart attack at the wheel. Video footage shows what happened next.

With the bus out of control and filled with clamouring cries of “Oh my god!” and “Is he okay?”, one student, 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick, didn’t hesitate. He rushed down the aisle to grab the wheel, carefully steered the bus to the edge of the road and took the keys out of the ignition.

His heroics didn’t stop there. Jeremy directed other students to call 911, and he and another boy started CPR on the driver while they waited for help.

Tragically, the driver died two days later in hospital. But Jeremy is still a star. His actions saved 11 fellow classmates. So if you are still with me (after all, you can always check out funny felines later), let’s give a shout-out to a brave 13-year-old boy who somehow knew what to do in a very dicey situation.

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