School bus driver honored for quick actions

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – A school bus driver who saved two of her young passengers is being hailed a hero.

The Madison Local Schools Board of Education awarded Mary Wooldridge with a certificate because of her quick actions during a crash.

“It was just instinct,” said Mary Wooldridge. “It was just what I had to do and that’s what I did.”

The two girls she saved, Zayden and Leah, watched Monday night as their bus driver was officially congratulated.

Wooldridge yelled at the girls to get back before a crash involving two vehicles and the school bus happened nearly 2 weeks ago in Madison Township.

Police said the driver of the truck crashed into another vehicle which then hit the bus.

Had it not been for the Wooldridge’s quick thinking, the scene could have been much worse.

“I’d seen a truck coming up the top of the hill,” said Wooldridge. “I knew he wasn’t going to be able to stop. I yelled at the girls to run back to the side of the road.”

Yet, Wooldridge does not consider herself a hero.

The father of these two little girls who were saved, however, begs to differ.

“I’ve hugged her and told her how much I love her and appreciate her,” said Russell Thompson, the father of Zayden and Leah. “It’s not just me, it’s all the parents around me.”

The hugs also came from Wooldridge’s two young passengers who thanked her for her service.

“I was just trying to do my job and keep my children safe,” said Wooldridge.
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