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Town mourns for slain bus driver amid standoff

Posted at: 02/03/2013 12:26 PM
By: Associated Press

It's day six of a standoff in Alabama between authorities and a man holed up in a bunker with a 5-year-old child.
    
Police say Jim Lee Dykes took the boy from a school bus after killing the driver.
    
The funeral for the driver is today. Hundreds of people attended a service to remember Charles Albert Poland, Jr., last night. Mourners remembered the as a humble hero who taught Sunday School and often lent a helping hand to others.
    
Authorities said Jim Lee Dykes boarded the stopped school bus carrying 21 children Tuesday afternoon and demanded two boys between 6 and 8 years old. When Poland tried to block his way, the gunman shot him several times and took one 5-year-old boy - who police say remains in an underground bunker with Dykes.
    
School bus driver William Lisenby said Poland "laid down his life to defend those children." His funeral is Sunday.