Most of us like to think we could handle ourselves in an emergency, but so often when things go wrong, it all happens so quickly that many just don’t know what to do or react in time. Adults are often at a loss of the best way to approach a situation, whether to call for help or jump to aid themselves – and that’s assuming you are in a position where you noticed the need for help to begin with.
Well, over the past few days I’ve seen not one, but two heroic stories of tragedy averting by quick-thinking individuals who didn’t hesitate to make that vital decision to intervene. The most interesting part? In both cases the children were minors.
Just hours ago the surveillance video was released showing two 7th-grade boys who saved an entire bus from crashing into a church after the driver appeared to suffer from a heart attack at the wheel.
Watch the incredible video below:
Jeremy Wuitschick, the 13-year-old boy who took hold of the wheel of the bus and brought it under control and turned off the ignition, said he acted on instinct.
The other boy, Johnny Wood, used more than just instinct, but training as he performed CPR on the fallen bus driver.
Everyone got off the bus alive because of the quick thinking of these two young kids, the the driver (now in the hospital) is described as in grave condition at this time.
The second story occurred last week when two 17-year-old teenage boys on spring break, Luke Vaughn and Cody Decker, witnessed the horrific crash of a Jaguar right before their eyes while trying to get into their rental condo Palm Coast, Florida.
Not only did one of the teens call 911 immediately after witnessing the car slam into a pair of trees, wrapping into a crescent and almost splitting it in two, but the other sprinted off towards the vehicle to see if he could help.
Seeing two individuals trapped inside, moaning and begging for help as the car (which was catching fire) became hotter and hotter, Cody and another bystander tried to free the car door. Seeing they couldn’t loosen it on their own, Luke politely excused himself to the 911 dispatcher, telling her he needed to help, and the boys were able to free the first victim, Tracy Lopez.
The then worked on freeing the remaining party, Carlos Adams, whose legs were trapped by the smashed dashboard, finally managing to pry him out and unpin his legs just before the car burst into more intense flames.
The police and ambulance arrived shortly thereafter, and both of the crash victims were treated for critical injuries, but survived.
Most teenage boys I’ve encountered have a hard time making themselves something to eat, but these two high school seniors can proudly call themselves real heroes – and when they say it, they aren’t referring to leading a team to victory in a sporting event.