Heroic driver pulls 20 elementary school children from burning bus
We often like to imagine that if tragedy ever struck in our presence, we could muster the courage to be a hero.
But for one Maryland school bus driver, there was never a second thought that crossed her mind.
Reneita Smith is being hailed as a hero after the bus she was driving went up in a massive blaze of fire and smoke on Monday.
Rather than panic, as many of us would, Smith jumped into action to safely get each and every student off of the burning bus and out of harms way.
"I am a mom of two kids," Smith reportedly said at the scene. "It's my job to save them."
Fazlul Kabir, who apparently witnessed the blaze, took to Facebook to share the incredible act of heroism and sing Smith's praises.
"A big THANK YOU to our school bus driver Reneita Smith who just saved 20 elementary school kids from a bus fire that completely destroyed the bus," Kabir wrote on Facebook. "Reneita [not only] took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the empty bus again to check if everyone was out, while it was still burning."
His post has been shared nearly 700 times so far, and has even racked up comments from more eye witnesses.
"I passed the scene on my way home from word. It was terrifying," Laura Seibel Salers wrote. "Glad to hear everyone was ok. Thank you Reneita for your swift actions!"
Terrifying is truly an understatement here -- a video captured by a firefighter's dashboard camera shows the horrifying magnitude of the blaze.