With some quick thinking, 10-year-old Alex Perez noticed the fire and immediately responding yelling out to the bus driver to get their attention.
“I smelled it and I looked toward the front and saw smoke coming from the entrance,” Alex told reporters.
The bus driver noticed the smoke with Alex’s help and quickly pulled over to the side of the Garden State Parkway. As soon as the vehicle stopped, first responders were at the scene ready to pull the children out of the bus safely.
Thanks to Alex, eight lives were able to make it safely back home to their families, and that is truly the work of a hero!