A middle schooler in Michigan was taking a bus ride to school when all of a sudden he found himself in a life-or-death situation. While other students were goofing around as usual, a seventh grader named Dillon Reeves noticed that the bus driver was not looking well, and suddenly slumped over the wheel.
Chaos ensued, but that’s when the brave boy saved the lives of his fellow students and the driver.
“It happened on Wednesday, April 26 while the driver was taking students home from Carter Middle School. According to a letter sent to staff and parents from Superintendent Robert Livernois, the driver became lightheaded before losing consciousness while the bus was traveling on Masonic Boulevard near Bunert Road.
That’s when Dillon Reeves, as identified on Facebook by Warren City Councilman Jonathan Lafferty, took action. He went to the front of the bus and helped bring it to a stop without incident.
“The actions of the student who helped stop the bus made all the difference today, and I could not be prouder of his efforts,” Superintendent Robert Livernois said in a statement,” MLive reported.
NBC News explained that “when the bus driver ‘became lightheaded and lost consciousness’ while driving on Masonic Boulevard near Bunert Road, the student “saw the driver in distress, stepped to the front of the bus and helped bring it to a stop without incident,” Livernois said.
The police and fire departments responded to the scene and treated the driver, and the students were moved onto another bus for the rest of their ride home, according to the superintendent’s statement.
“The actions of the student who helped stop the bus made all the difference today, and I could not be prouder of his efforts,” Livernois said Wednesday.
It was not immediately clear how many kids were on the bus nor what the driver’s current condition is. The superintendent and police commissioner could not immediately be reached Thursday morning.
The Warren Police and Fire Departments arrived shortly after Dillon’s heroism and “tended to the driver.” Soon after, another bus came and took the students home.
First responders from the Warren Police and Fire Departments arrived “tended to the driver” and helped to safely move students onto a different bus, which then completed the original route and transported the students home.
Ireta Reeves, Dillon’s stepmom, said that a higher power helped her son succeed. She told The Detroit News that she and Dillon’s dad are “proud parents.”
“Jesus had everything to do with the bravery and swift action Dillon displayed today,” Ireta said in a post Wednesday on Facebook. “To Dillon, it’s just another day. He has no idea the amount of people who are so proud of him today.”