By Michael Slother - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - 5 area high school students from Frenship ISD are being called heroes after their quick action helped save the life of their bus driver at the end of September.
The kids were honored during their school board meeting with plaques for their heroism. If one thing was clear it was that they don't see what they did as heroic. In their eyes someone was simply in trouble and needed help.
"He was kind of feeling his heart was hurting, and he got out of the bus and started walking around," recalled Rey Acebedo.
Miguel Luna remembers the driver looking very sick. "He wasn't looking like normal," Luna continued. "His eyes were popping out he was sweating, so Raimy [another bus rider] called 9-1-1."
The dispatcher told Raimy that their driver, Nathan Wright, was having a seizure. As the students waited for help, they did everything they could. "Someone yelled there's foam coming out of his mouth, so I got up on the radio," said Christian Thompson.
Thompson called in to Wright's employer Durham Bus Services.
"I didn't even know he knew how to operate the radio. He called dispatch and told them what happened and that I was sick," recalls Wright.
He's been driving for more than 25 years and says he's never had a seizure. His wife Eddie doesn't know where he'd be without the teenagers' help. "What if they might not have reacted like they did? He might not be here," she said.
"From what I was told by the paramedic, their action was instrumental in me still being here. I can't thank them enough," Nathan Wright said.
Only 4 of the 5 students were able to attend the school board meeting to receive their plaque. They also got a chance to visit with Nathan who has been unable to drive since the incident. "He said thank you, I love you, I knew you would be one of the ones to help me and he gave me a hug and was crying," said Thompson.
For the kids, it was a matter of basic instinct. "I'm only 15, but I know what to do if someone's in trouble. You're going to help them. You're not just going to wait for an adult, because the only adult is on the ground having a seizure," said student Zachary Hargis.
We weren't able to talk to the Rainy because she goes to a different school.
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