Boy, 13, Saves School Bus After Driver Loses Consciousness

Kyle 2012/04/10 15:30:04
As far as school days ago, there wasn't much for 13-year-old Jeremy
Wuitschick to look forward to. It was Monday – even worse, the Monday
after spring break.

But the Milton, Wash., 7th grader would become a school hero before he even made it to class.

En route to Surprise Lake Middle School, his bus driver lost consciousness, prompting Wuitschick to take the wheel, reports NBC's Today.

"The bus driver starts convulsing," he recalls. "His eyes are
bulging. He's making weird rasping noises and his hands are twitching."

moments unfold in the surveillance camera footage as he rushes from the
back of the bus when the driver starts seizing. Out of control, the bus
was heading for a church.

"I was just thinking about, 'I don't want to die,' " he says.

Wuitschick pulled over and slowed the bus down as he took the keys out of the ignition.

"Someone call 9-1-1-," he said, and another student, Johnny
Wood, trained in CPR, then started performing chest compressions on the
driver, who is in grave condition, according to his local newspaper, the
News Tribune.

His Reward

Wuitschick's heroic deed did not go unnoticed by school officials.

"My principal said that I'm going to get free snacks [from the school snack bar]," he says, with a laugh.

The heroic deed probably won't go unnoticed by his father, either.

Wuitschick, who's too young to have a driver's license, says he
knows how to drive because his mom lets him reverse her car out of the
driveway when he washes it.

He adds: "Don't tell my dad that."
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  • Diana 2012/04/15 01:45:08
    Their parents must be very proud of them.They seem like very nice boys.
    I heard the bus driver passed away.
  • mimi12 2012/04/10 23:27:57
    dude, that kid is awesome and smart. he didn't just save his life, but other students too
  • M and Emma 2012/04/10 16:28:52
    M and Emma
    If only all kids were this good-hearted...
  • Lady Winters 2012/04/10 15:41:24
    Lady Winters
    awesome; I saw the video this morning and was impressed that the kid was so calm and level-headed. Good job Jeremy. Hope the bus driver makes it through ok.

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