Right Place At The Right Time: Unrelated Incident Helps Bus Driver Save Child From Choking

January 31, 2024

Today's good news story comes from Volusia County, Florida.

A bus driver in Florida is being showered with praise for her quick thinking and heroic actions that saved a third-grader from choking on a piece of candy.

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Mayrelyn Lopez / Credit: WOGX.com

The incident unfolded during the afternoon route when bus driver Mayrelyn Lopez, responsible for the safety of the young passengers, noticed a disturbance in the back of the bus. Acting promptly, she resolved the unrelated disruption efficiently.

However, as she was making her way back to her seat, she noticed a third-grader in distress.

According to Lopez, the boy's face was turning a worrying shade of purple, a clear sign that he was choking. Without hesitation, and captured by surveillance footage, Lopez sprang into action, performing the Heimlich Maneuver to dislodge the obstruction from the boy's throat.

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Levi Holder / Credit: WOGX.com

In an interview, Lopez humbly shared that she didn't have time to process the gravity of the situation; instead, her motherly instincts took over.

The grateful third-grader, now safe and sound, had a heartfelt message for his bus driver savior.

"Thank you for saving my life," he said.

Watch the good news video below.

A Volusia Public Schools spokesperson said they cannot share the surveillance footage due to privacy concerns.

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