College Station school bus driver is being called a hero

Published: March 16, 2006 | 3742nd good news item since 2003

A College Station school bus driver is being credited for her role in saving a 22-year-old college student from a burning house.

That bus driver saw smoke coming from the house and radioed for help.

Shattered windows, smoke damaged rooms and scorched belongings are all that remain of a College Station duplex after a fire ripped through it just after 7:00 am Tuesday morning.

It was just about the same time Debra Johnson was on her routine bus route when she noticed smoke billowing from a window.

“Well I was on my way to picking up to little twins that keep me occupied every morning and I happened to look to my left and there’s cars parked on both sides of the street and I saw smoke coming,” said Debra.

She immediately radioed to College Station School District Transportation Department and told them what she saw.

Moments later firefighters arrived at the scene and found the duplex fully involved with flames.

“I came to a room where the door was closed and as soon as I opened that door there was a lot of smoke in there and there was somebody coughing” said Lt. Robert Mumford of the College Station Fire Dept.

Mumford found a 22-year-old Blinn College student asleep inside the room.

The student was immediately rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

“It’s unknown how long the fire might have been going, how long she might have breathed some of that toxic smoke,” said Mumford.

The student is expected to make a full recovery, and by the time Debra Johnson got back to the office following her morning bus route, her coworkers were calling her a hero.

“Well I don’t feel like a hero, like I said I just thank God that everybody’s ok,” said Debra.

A humble woman and by all means a hero for her role in what firefighters say could have been a fatal fire if it wasn’t for her concern and quick response.

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