Sixth-Grade Boy’s Quick Thinking Saves School Bus Driver


An 11-year-old boy is being called a hero for helping save his school bus driver’s life.

On Monday morning, Will Restall rode the school bus to Tolland Middle School in Connecticut, like he does every weekday morning. But although the students arrived safely at school, their bus driver did not.

“When we got to school, [the bus driver] parked and then fell over,” Will told WTIC.

With the driver completely unconscious, the other students sat there, unsure of what to do, Will said. But he took action.

He explained, “I grabbed the microphone, and said that she had a medical emergency and she needed medical attention.”

Thanks to Will’s call, an ambulance arrived to pick up the bus driver, who appeared to have had a seizure. Doctors expect her to be OK, WTIC reports.

Will’s mother said she received a phone call that morning from the principal.

“She wanted to let me know that there had been a medical emergency with the bus driver,” Tara said.

Unlike most calls home from the principal, this one made Tara Restall unbelievably proud.

“He’s pretty young, he’s only in the sixth grade, and he’s only been on the bus for three weeks now. He knew what needed to be done and he did it,” Tara said. “The principal actually called him a hero. He really is — he helped save his driver.”

Footage provided by WTIC Hartford



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