Maryland School Bus Driver Pulls 20 Children From Burning Vehicle
A school bus driver in College Park, Maryland, has been called a hero after saving 20 children from the bus which caught fire at approximately 4:45 P.M. Monday, September 12th.
The fire began near one of the rear wheels of the bus, when twenty students from Glenarden Woods Elementary School were still on board en route to their homes.
Reneita Smith, the driver of the bus, “was able to remain calm throughout the whole ordeal”, according to Mark Brady, the public information officer for Prince George’s County, MD Fire and EMS Department. According to a post on Facebook shared by Fazlul Kabir, “Reneita [not only] 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.”
Kabir also recalls Reneita stating “I’m a mom of two kids” as the bus continued to burn. Smith said “It’s my job to save them”, as she entered the burning bus to save each child one by one.
Thankfully, no one was injured during the blaze, thanks to Smith. A dashcam from a firefighter of Branchville Volunteer Fire Company recorded the incident as flames and smoke escaped the bus below:
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Thankfully, Reneita Smith was brave enough to risk her life to save the lives of these children. A true display of heroism.