Quick-Thinking 7th Grader Grabs The Wheel When Bus Driver Passes Out

Quick-Thinking 7th Grader Grabs The Wheel When Bus Driver Passes Out

A child sprang into action, saved the day and kept many people safe when he grabbed the wheel of a school bus after the bus driver experienced a medical episode. 

It has been said that “adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” If that’s the case Dillon Reeves, a 7th-grade student in Michigan, has a ton of character.

Dillon and his classmates were on the bus heading home after a day at school. It was just like every other average school day. But then things took a turn for the worse. 

The clip posted on YouTube shows the woman driving the bus undergoing a medical episode. The driver can be seen using her hat to fan herself and then gets on the bus’s radio communication system and asks for help. However, she then passes out as she goes limp behind the wheel. Her head and body bounce with every hole and bump in the road. 

The bus had started to head in the direction of oncoming traffic. That’s when Dillon stepped up and took charge. The video shows the young man grabbing the wheel and pressing slowly on the brake. 

The young man was able to bring the school bus to a complete stop without any injuries!

“This was an extraordinary act of courage and maturity on his part,” Dr. Robert Livernois, the school's superintendent, said. “He had the wherewithal to push it slowly, likely in anticipation that the bus was full of passengers.”

Following the incident, Dillon’s mother, Ireta Reeves, was stunned by her son’s heroic actions. But she did have questions for the young man.

“I asked him, ‘Dillon, how did you know what to do? How did you know how to drive that bus?” she asked. “And he said, ‘I watch her do it every day.’”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous, don’t be afraid, nor be scared of them: for Yahweh your God, he it is who goes with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.”

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