AMF-Bruns is seeking distinguished special needs school bus drivers that have significant accomplishments, heroic acts and innovations with its annual call for nominations.
“Safety has always been top-of-mind at AMF-Bruns. Trained drivers play a critical role in safely transporting wheelchair and occupant passengers with special needs,” stated company officials. “AMF-Bruns extends appreciation to school bus special-needs drivers for their service.”
Nominations for 2020 are open for the National Special Needs School Bus Driver of the year Award until Aug. 1. The winner will receive a check for $1,000.
Last year’s recipient was Freddie Phillips, a special needs school bus driver for East Baton Rouge Parish Schools in Louisiana. The 16-year school bus driver was recognized for going above and beyond his job responsibilities.
For example, Phillips helped with the evacuation efforts when Hurricane Mathew flooded Baton Rouge in 2016. He also participates in the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Extended School Services program and helps students with learning challenges.
The recipient of the inaugural 2018 award was Tammy Cummings, a special needs bus driver for the Greenville County School System in South Carolina. Cummings was recognized for keeping her students calm after nearly colliding head-on with a tractor-trailer.
Cummings was able to lessen the impact of the crash with an evasive maneuver. She also kept the children inside the bus until utility workers de-electrified downed power lines.
AMF-Bruns is a family-owned company based in Germany. The company focuses on wheelchair tie-downs, restraints, head and backrests, ramps and flooring systems.