Roundup: A Wannabe Bus Thief Captured, a Driver Gets Iced and More

In an effort to confound authorities hot on his trail, an Alabama man stole the slowest getaway vehicle possible, a school bus, and ran it into a ditch. A trio of flukes the thief didn’t take into account brought authorities to his door: one, the man didn’t know a witness saw him fleeing after ditching the bus; two, authorities ascertained that the suspect lived in the immediate vicinity of the abandoned vehicle; and three, police were able to identify the thief as he was captured on surveillance cameras installed on the school bus. The suspect’s ultimate ruse proved a failure, and he was arrested and booked for theft of property first degree. He remains in jail on a $15,000 bond. 

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Maryland Bus Attendant Lauded for Helping Student

School bus attendant Debbie Brown of Harford County Public Schools northeast of Baltimore was recognized by her administration in October for paying such close and caring attention to one of her special needs student last year that she helped solve a painful condition for the teenage girl.

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Roundup: A School Bus Attendant Helps a Student Get a New Leg and More

A Baltimore school district is honoring a school bus attendant with the Recognition of Excellence award for helping a student who was suffering pain and walking problems from a prosthetic leg that kept falling off. The attendant contacted the transportation supervisor and asked if she could reach out to Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia about getting a new leg for the student. The supervisor agreed and the student got a new, all-expense-paid prosthetic piece, with a Hello Kitty theme, that she picked out herself from the specialized children's hospital. The 17-year-old student is overjoyed, commenting that it is much easier for her to ride the bus, walk and even dance in her church.

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Roundup: A Hero Cop, an Aggressive Aide Arrested and More

An off-duty NYPD officer saved the lives a bus driver and aide, dragging them from the wreckage of a burning school bus. The bus erupted in flames after a collision with a tractor-trailer along the Long Island Expressway. The officer witnessed the accident and pulled his vehicle to the shoulder of the highway when he saw the bus engulfed in flames and smoke. He pried open the door to the bus to find the driver pinned and the aide was nowhere to be found, lost in the smoke. The officer called to the aide, telling her walk toward the sound of his voice, and met the aide halfway down the aisle. After clearing the aide to safety, the officer wrenched the driver free through the driver’s side door, rescuing him from the fiery vehicle. 

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New Contract to Provide Summer Pay for Private Employees

First Student employees including bus drivers, monitors and technicians serving schools in Chatham County, Georgia, have ratified a contract that will now provide pay during the summer months. The contract covers approximately 500 employees at three different company locations in the Savannah area.

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Florida Bus Driver, Monitor Rescue Toddler Along Route

A quick-acting school bus driver and monitor ensured another tragedy didn't affect the community of Seminole County, Florida this week when the duo came to the aid of an unattended toddler seen running down the street.

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