As Bus Driver Dies, Teen Takes The Wheel And Saves Kids

Filed under: In The News, Amazing Kids, Health & Safety: Big Kids, Health & Safety: Tweens, Health & Safety: Teens

Rachel Guzy

Camp counselor Rachel Guzy's quick thinking saved lives. Credit: New York Post / Splash News

A 16-year-old New York girl is being hailed as a hero after stopping a bus Tuesday with nine children on board when the driver suddenly died.

"I just did what I had to do," said Rachel Guzy, a camp counselor from the Magic Carpet Day Camp in Bayside, Queens, in an interview with the New York Daily News. "Everything went through my mind. I worried about the kids. I worried about the driver. I knew I had to react."

The Daily News reported that Ramon Fernandez, 59, was driving kids -- ranging in age from 7 to 16 -- home around 4:30 p.m., following an afternoon of bowling in Flushing, Queens. He complained about feeling hot and pulled over so Guzy could get him some water.

After getting the water, according to the paper, Fernandez continued driving with the door of the bus open because of the heat. Seized by what authorities say was a heart attack around 4:40 p.m., Fernandez collapsed and rolled out the open door as the bus continued to move toward an intersection.

The paper reported that Guzy, who doesn't even have a learner's permit, jumped into the driver's seat and pulled the emergency brake -- slowing the bus before it crashed into a minivan.

"If not for Rachel, we could have been dead or in the hospital," said 12-year-old camper Artemis Sacremone.

Brett Tawil, the owner of the Magic Carpet Day Camp, called the incident a tragedy, but Guzy a hero.

"You can only hope a counselor acts like she did," he told the Daily News.

Related: Read another amazing story about a quadruple amputee dancer.,feedConfig,entry&id=417283&pid=417282&uts=1250797686
Amazing Childhood Rescues
Kids survive the darndest things.
Ouij on flickr

Amazing Childhood Rescues

    Dog Plays Hide and Seek

    When two-year-old Natalie Jasmer fell asleep in a drawer under the family's washing machine during a game of hide-and-seek, it was the family's dog, Copper, who discovered her -- after police and firefighters failed.

    Dog Rescues Abandoned Baby

    Stray dogs dig up a newborn that was left for dead. READ MORE

    storm_gal on flickr

    Teen's Braces Save His Life

    His teeth stopped a bullet! READ MORE

    fiveforfun on flickr

    Cat Saves Family From Fire

    Fortunately the family pet could make some noise! READ MORE

    Per Ola Weiberg on flickr

    Student Twitters His Arrest, Escapes Prison

    Deft use of this social networking site kept him out of prison. READ MORE

    niallkennedy on flickr

    11-Year-Old Treks to Save Father

    Kid walks three miles through the outback to get help.READ MORE

    swisscan on flickr

    Six-Year-Old Keeps Friend From Drowning

    The adults didn't notice when one boy sank to the bottom of the pool. READ MORE

    %uo42Flick Harris on flickr

    Teen Saves Boy From Drowning

    A seemingly simple rescue that could've turned out much worse. READ MORE

    cursedthing on flickr

    Teen Saves Five-Year-Old From Surf

    The courageous young man nearly died in the process! READ MORE

    john_thurm on flickr

    Four-Year-Old Saves Mom

    She talked to emergency services for over 7 minutes. READ MORE

    Kate Dereault on flickr

ReaderComments (Page 3 of 4)


Flickr RSS



AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.