Renita Smith is being hailed a hero for helping 20 elementary school students off a bus and to safety JUST SECONDS before the bus became engulfed in flames.
Via ABC News:
Officials in Prince George’s County said that around 4:45 p.m. Monday, firefighters with the Branchville Volunteer Fire Company were called to a school bus fire in College Park. Dash-cam footage captured and released Monday by fire officials showed bright-orange flames erupting inside the bus as thick, black smoke poured out of the vehicle.
Bus driver Renita Smith said today that she’d just made her third or fourth stop when the vehicle’s dashboard started beeping. Then, she said, the bus began smoking. Smith said she stopped the bus, prepared to call for a backup vehicle and then looked in her rear-view mirror.
That’s when she saw the flames.
“I put the mic back down, undid my seatbelt, jumped up, got my babies and got off,” she told ABC News today. “Once we got off, neighbors kicked right into ‘Mommy mode,’ as I call it, and helped the kids get to a safe haven. When that was going on, I ran back onto the bus to make sure there was no children on the bus. … By the time I got to the last step on the bus, it just went up in smoke.”
Smith, a mom of two, said her reward was getting the children safely to their parents.
“When I’m driving them, you’re my children until I drop you off to your biological parents. I have to handle each child with care, as a mommy would her own, so that’s what I did,” she said. “That’s what I hope any human being would do for any child.”
Thank God she quickly took action. This could have been a very sad day for all of us! Ms. Renita Smith is indeed a hero! Someone give this woman a raise and a month vacation!!!