Missouri Bus Driver Honored After Saving Elementary Students

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  A  Missouri bus driver was credited with saving 30 elementary school students after his bus caught fire last month.

This week, that driver was honored.

D’Anthony Gilden was running his regular route when he saw smoke coming from the engine.  

He jumped into action, getting all the children off quickly.

The Hickman Mills School Board gave him multiple awards Thursday night.

Gilden says he remembers the day like it was yesterday.

“I think about it, I really do,” Gilden said. “I think about the kids and, you know, I think about the what ifs and what could’ve happened.”

“He had backpacks in his arms and he was just, like, getting the kids off the bus really fast,” witness James Davis said.  

Gilden took a bus safety course just two days before the accident.

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