On Thursday, Aug. 27, the Ohio Valley Local School District Board of Education and Superintendent Richard Seas presented OVSD bus driver Keith Williams with a Certificate of Recognition.
The award was given to Williams to express appreciation for his actions when the school bus he was driving was hit in a head-on collision on April 30, 2015.
“When you see something done the right way that’s something to celebrate,” said Seas.
Even though Williams was injured in the crash he remained calm and took immediate action to secure the safety of the students on the bus until help came.
Ohio State Trooper Josh Baker, who was present at the scene, told the school board and those present that Williams had gone above and beyond expectations.”His actions were nothing short of heroic,” said Baker, “Even though he was injured, he kept the kids calm and in their seats until help came. He made sure no gas was leaking from the damaged bus, and he had the EMT’s check each child for injuries before allowing them to leave the bus.”
Transportation Supervisor, Larry Bennington also said that Williams had gone above and beyond his training.
“We train our drivers to be ready to respond to these situations,” he said, but until it happens you can never be sure how anyone will react. Keith followed all the correct procedures and kept the kids safe.”
Williams said he felt a higher power was looking out for all of them on that day.
For the report on the accident, refer back to the May 6, 2015 edition of The People’s Defender.)