Parenthood
Bus driver passes toddler with blanket on side of the road then finds out he was carjacked
The toddler appeared to be lost as he stood alone on a driveway but things weren't as they seemed.
Cherie Gozon
10.12.22

A bus driver’s responsibility is to pick up and send students to school and vice versa. They ensure their safety in that back-and-forth journey so that parents would have peace of mind in sending their kids to school. That’s why they are also trained to be cautious and follow protocols.

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However, we’ve seen bus drivers in the past who went above and beyond their job descriptions. They take that extra step to show kindness and, most of the time, help others in need, especially in emergencies.

A Tale of Two Bus Routes

Two bus drivers from Kelloggsville Public Schools were hailed as heroes as they took on separate bus routes. Their roads soon met in a predicament they never thought they’d answer to.

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Dave Skinner was driving on 48th Street and Marlette Avenue in Kentwood, Michigan, when two parents waved their hands to flag him down. He said that the look in their eyes somehow told him something was up. He called the police and radioed their office about it.

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On the other hand, Sue Figueroa had just passed through Garland St. and Jefferson Ave. when their colleague at the office radioed in about the situation. Sue turned her bus around and passed by a two-year-old who seemed lost in an unknown driveway.

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She went down the bus and tried to approach the child carefully so as not to scare him away. Little by little, she gained the toddler’s trust, and he went near her. Sue took the child inside the bus to reunite with his parents.

Saving a Carjacked Child

According to the parents, they were standing by their driveway with their two-year-old inside their car. They were waiting to send off their other child on an approaching school bus when a stranger jumped into the car and drove off with their toddler inside.

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The parents went frantic and immediately asked for help from the bus driver, who happened to be Dave. It took ten minutes until the parents were reunited with their toddler – and probably the longest ten minutes in their lives.

Drivers and Heroes

On that Tuesday morning, Dave and Sue were more than bus drivers; they were heroes. Their instincts kicked in. Thanks to those instincts, they helped a family get back together in what could be the most traumatic event in their lives.

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Dave said that as bus drivers, they were always keen around children.

“Drivers are very attentive to all the kids in the in neighborhoods when we’re picking them up, and they see some odd or strange I mean, they’re real[ly] quick to get on the radio and holler back,” he said in an interview with Fox News.

The school superintendent expressed his gratitude and pride to Dave and Sue for going the extra mile to ensure safety and security in their community. It proved that their role as bus drivers is essential and should be given much importance.

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On the other hand, the authorities found the carjacked vehicle in Grand Rapids near 43rd St. and Breton Rd. Unfortunately, they still haven’t found the person responsible for the crime.

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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