Heroes are everywhere. Your mail carrier might be the next one to make the news for an act of heroism. Segment two of the Everyday Heroes spotlight is all about on the job heroics.
In fact, this week’s hero fills a special place in my heart because of her ordinary job. Because I’m here to tell you, there is no career so mundane to keep an opportunity for heroism at bay.
I also admire her because you wouldn’t catch me doing her job. Why would you trap yourself in a moving vehicle with small children? Or teenagers? Or anyone?
And driving a big old bus under those stressful conditions is doubly admirable.
Once again, I found this story courtesy of A Mighty Girl.
Just Another Day on the Bus
Renita Smith drives a school bus in Maryland. Every morning she picks up kids and drops them at school. In the afternoon, she returns to the school and runs the route again to see the children safely home.
One afternoon, her bus caught on fire.
When her glance in the rear view mirror revealed flames at the back of her bus, Smith went into action.
She didn’t panic. Or stop to wonder what the protocols were for situation.
“I undid my seat belt, jumped up, got my babies and got off.”
To be sure every 4 to 9-year-old on her bus was indeed safe, Smith climbed back into a smoke-filled bus and checked every seat.
“By the time I got to the last step on the bus, it just went up in smoke.”
Not your average day at work.
Not your average bus driver.
Needles to say, parents of the twenty children riding the bus that afternoon are calling Smith a hero. And those kids have a new-found respect for the duties of a bus driver.
Smith doesn’t think her actions were heroic at all. “I have to handle each child with care, as a mommy would. That’s what I hope any human being would do for any child.”
We can hope that every person would respond in a similar fashion. Smith’s quick thinking and brave actions renew our faith in humankind.
Read more here.
Do you know any everyday heroes? If you’d like to see them featured here, leave me a comment. It’s about time some positive stories flooded the Internet.