Wednesday, October 9, 2013
In the wake of the potentially lethal fire that engulfed a Brownsville Independent School District bus carrying 29 Porter High School students last Friday, some commenters have credited the alert and quick-witted bus driver with leading the students out the rear to safety.
Bus driver Norma Medina, pictured here talking with police and firefighters just after the flames were extinguished, is said to have directed the students out the rear emergency door when she noticed flames and black smoke coming from in front of the bus. She quickly stopped the bus on the side of the northbound frontage road just before the intersection of E. 14th Street. She then led them across the street and had them stand in safety in the grassy spot below the highway overpass.
Firefighters, because of dispatchers underestimating the severity of the blaze and the No. 1 Station engine caught up in the traffic congestion on Palm Boulevard caused by a passing freight train on the tracks by the old Amigoland Mall, were unable to answer the call under the required five-minute time frame. Units from the Alice Road and Southmost stations got to the burning bus too late to save it.
At least one local business has seen fit to honor her deeds with a recognition. The Dairy Queen at Paredes and E. Price Road has placed "Our DQ Hero Norma Medina, Bus 528" on its marquee.
BISD Transportation Dirtector Art Rendon told El Rrun-Rrun that he was thinking of having Median recognized for her actions that day in a proclamation before the BISD board of trustees. Since the trustees meet only once a month now, it might be November before she comes before the board. However, DQ isn;t awaiting around until then. We don;t know how long the much-deserved accolades for Ms. Medina will remain on the DQ marquee, but we join in the salute to her acts and deeds that day. Good job, Norma!
Posted by jmon at 5:16 PM