Henrico County school bus driver rushes to save unconscious stranger

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — School bus drivers are trained to take care of children, but rarely are they called on to help outside the bus.

But that’s precisely what happened to one alert bus driver in Henrico County, whose quick actions may have helped save a man’s life.

“I knew that if anything else happened, I was willing to do whatever it took to save him,” Tonya Willie told 8News.

Williams was finishing up her middle school route on Thursday, April 11, when something prompted her to put on the breaks.

Willie was finishing up her middle school route on Thursday, April 11, when something prompted her to put on the breaks.

“I happened to look to my left and saw a young man in between a fence and a truck, and he was just laying there, and all I could think was he needs medical attention,” she recalled.

In that moment, Willie left the driver’s seat and transformed into a Good Samaritan.

“He could not respond to anything that I was asking him, so I knew he needed medical attention,” Willie explained. “So I came to the bus and called base and told Tracy that we needed fire and rescue right away.”

She stayed by the stranger’s side until paramedics arrived. They suspect the man may have suffered a seizure.

Willie is being praised for her heroics but credits 11 years behind the wheel of a school bus for spotting what some may have missed. 

“I think the good thing about being a bus driver is we’re always scanning and looking, and you know, that’s what we do; just scan and look at every single thing, and so I’m glad I was there at the right time,” Willie added.

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