Stock Transportation drivers are trained to do a lot more than simply drive a school bus. That extensive training paid major dividends on Tuesday, May 14, when driver Sarah Brake saved the life of a choking child.
Sarah was a spare driver that day who was operating a morning run to Primrose Elementary School in Mulmur, Ontario. A 9-year-old girl approached Sarah on the bus and tugged on her sleeve. The girl was in distress.
“Sarah is a new driver for us who had completed her First Aid Course three weeks earlier,” said Site Supervisor Jill Mather of Stock’s facility in Orangeville, Ontario. “She executed the steps she had just learned.”
After a few quick questions, Sarah realized the girl was choking. The Stock driver removed the student from the bus and administered the Heimlich maneuver three times, successfully dislodging the food and allowing the girl to breathe. Sarah proceeded to help the girl relax, and worked to calm the other worried students on the bus.
Sarah was recognized at a local safety meeting in Orangeville on Thursday, May 16, in front of her peers and the Upper Grand District School Board. The girl’s mother shared an emotional moment with Sarah as she presented flowers to her daughter’s school bus driver.
“Sarah is a shining example of how bus driver training can save lives,” Mather said. “It’s all about knowing what to do, and then quickly doing it while staying calm and in control. Sarah could not have handled that stressful situation any better.”
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