When a College Park, Maryland school bus caught fire on Monday, 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.
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.
“A big THANK YOU to our school bus driver Reneita Smith who just saved 20 elementary school kids from a bus fire that completely destroyed the bus,” Fazlul Kabir posted on Facebook. “Reneita [not only] took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the empty bus again to check if everyone was out, while it was still burning.”
“I am a mom of two kids,” Smith said. “It’s my job to save them.”
Incredibly, no one on the bus was injured. As worried parents arrived to pick up their children from the scene their anxiety turned to praise for Smith and her incredibly brave actions that day.
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