When a College Park, Maryland school bus caught fire 3 weeks ago, the heroic actions of the driver, Reneita Smith, saved the lives of 20 elementary school kids. The blaze ignited suddenly somewhere near one of the rear wheels and in moments the bus was going up in flames.
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A passerby caught footage of the incident and snapped a few pictures that have since gone viral, praising Smith’s selfless bravery. Smith ran into the inferno, taking kids off the bus one by one. After all 20 kids were present and accounted for she braved the smoke and flames one more time to make sure everyone was out safely.
As she has a tendency to do, Ellen Degeneres got wind of the story and decided to bring the hometown hero on the show.
Smith hopped on her first plane ever with her two children and made her way out to see Ellen in the studio. After rehashing the harrowing details of that fateful day, Ellen began hinting that she may have a surprise in store for the single mom.
Ellen admitted she knew that Smith lived paycheck to paycheck… and decided to give her a $20,000 check to make things a little easier. Check out the amazing moment below!
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