Bus Driver who Evacuated Special Needs Students off Burning Bus Honored

Updated: 04/08/2014 5:01 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

KSTP-TV/Jim O'Connell
KSTP-TV/Jim O'Connell

A First Student bus driver was honored Tuesday for safely evacuating a group of special needs students off a bus that caught fire back in March.

The special needs students and a nurse were headed to Elm Creek Elementary School in Maple Grove Thursday, March 6, when their school bus caught fire. The bus driver, Alfred Lewis, told officers the fire started in the engine compartment and then flames broke out.

According to Brooklyn Park Police Commander Mark Bruley, Lewis was able to get two of the kids who were in wheelchairs off first, and then helped the others. None of the students, the driver or nurse was injured.

"The driver did everything by the book and then some,” Stephanie Creech with First Student said. “We're very pleased with his quick and efficient actions.”  

Lewis was presented with a First Student Meritorious Service Award and a National Safety Council Award on Tuesday.