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“God was the hero. I was just there to witness the in- cident and see the miracle of no injuries after such a large tree had fallen on the bus.”


Benny Kennedy was driving his morning route when a large oak tree fell on his school bus, causing serious damage.


On Oct. 22, Benny Kennedy was driving his


morning route for Dickenson County Public Schools in Virginia. Twelve students were onboard when a 7-foot-wide oak tree fell on the bus, knocking down an


additional two large trees that also struck the vehicle. The 42-year veteran school bus driver said he pushed the


brake pedal down and kept the steering wheel as straight as possible, because it was a narrow road with a steep drop-off to


one side. He was able to stop and secure the bus, then he climbed out of the driver’s seat and checked the aisle for injuries. He reported his students were amazingly calm and were safely evacuated from the bus without even a cut lip or bloody nose. Kennedy followed district protocol and addressed the


Not all Heroes Wear Capes Bus assistant Linda Brown (left) and school bus


driver Carlos Pozo (right) found a missing 11-year- old boy while driving their route. Visit stnonline.com/ go/67 to read more about their heroic actions.


“The word hero to me makes me think of firemen and police officers. People risking their lives to save others. I do not consider myself a hero. Just a bus driver, taking care of all her kids.” — Vikki Czechowicz


A photo taken of Vikki Czechowicz’s school bus seconds after safely evacuating everyone on board. Read more about Czechowicz at stnonline.com/go/68.


Visit stnonline.com/go/6c to read about additional heroic school bus drivers who went the extra mile and helped find missing students while on the job.


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