Students jump into action when JCPS bus driver suffers medical emergency
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Seneca High School school students Javon Grundy, Shikita Scott, Aniyah Goldsberry and Jade Carter are life savers.
Friday morning during their ride to school on the Watterson, their bus driver, who they affectionately call Miss Denise, wasn't acting quite like herself.
"She wasn't communicating," Grundy said. "All of the sudden, we just felt the bus drift to the right. I was just like, 'what's going on?'"
What seemed bad, got worse. Miss Denise managed to get bus 1225 onto the shoulder of the expressway, but that's when the four high school girls had to take over.
"You could tell she was scared." Carter said. "I was scared. We were all scared."
Grundy evaluated the driver.
"She was stiff," Grundy said. "I was asking her, has she had a heart attack, seizures, or anything that involves her health. And she was saying no."
Scott got the driver where she needed to be.
"I was helping someone else put her on the ground and put her on her side," Scott said.
Goldsberry frantically called 911. Carter got on the radio to tell the bus garage what was happening.
"I was like we need help! Hurry, hurry, hurry!" Carter said.
The girls knew Miss Denise may not have much time. Police and EMTs raced down the highway and got to the bus.
She was rushed to the hospital, while her stunned students wondered if they'd see her again.
"If I lost her that was going to break my heart," Grundy said.
JCPS' transportation team visited the bus driver at the hospital and said she's alert, talking and appears to be ok.
"It made me feel like way happy when I heard that. I don't know, it's just like, all the sadness is gone," Grundy said.
Miss Denise is probably pretty proud of these four kids who have become family, and were not afraid during those scary moments on the Watterson when it mattered most.
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