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Posted March 6, 2012

Seven-Bar Elementary Honors Students, Parents Who Helped Stop Bus

Rhonda Carlsen congratulates third-grader Randy Rivera for his actions on a bus to Seven-Bar Elementary. Both were interviewed on the local news.

Parents and a student who helped stop a bus from rolling into traffic after the bus driver suffered a medical issue on Feb. 13 were honored during a student assembly on Friday at Seven-Bar Elementary.

Brad Winter, chief operations officer for Albuquerque Public Schools, recognized parents Rhonda Carlsen and Julie Green for their efforts to stop bus #437 from rolling into traffic when the bus driver became incapacitated.

"The bus was at its last stop before going to school that morning with about 40 students on it," Winter said. "When the parents saw the bus was rolling backward, they convinced a student on the bus to open the door so they could get on. While Mrs. Carlsen pulled the brake and stopped the bus, Mrs. Green called to get help for the driver."

Because of the efforts of the students and the parents, all the students were kept safe and the driver was transported to the hospital for treatment. Winter presented a plaque to Carlsen on behalf of the school and the district’s Student Transportation Department.

Associate Supt. Diane Kerschen presented a plaque to third-grade student Randy Rivera, who opened the door so that the parents could board the bus.

"I want to thank him for his quick thinking to open the door," Kerschen said.

Seven-Bar Principal Nancy Lacher recognized all the students on bus #437 that day and also gave special recognition to fifth grader Matthew Martinez, who provided his cell phone and called 911.

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