When you watch your child climb eagerly onto the school bus each morning, you probably don't wonder what would happen if the bus suddenly burst into flames. Neither do the drivers, probably including Reneita Smith, who drives a bus for the Glen Arden Elementary School in College Park, Maryland. But on a recent Monday morning, Smith was driving 20 elementary school children when she pulled over on a suburban street in College Park and a plume of black smoke billowed from her bus. Quick action was needed, and onlookers say Reneita was a hero.
Bystander Fazlul Kabir posted the event on Facebook, where he said, "Reneita took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the empty bus again while it was still burning, to check if everyone was out." She refused to leave the bus until she was sure every child was safe." For Reneita, it was the natural thing to do. "It's my job to save them," she said. "I am a mom of two kids."