An act of heroism
Al Fay has sat in the driver’s seat of his Loveland City School District bus the past 10 years. He has never had a ride like the one he experienced Monday, March 18; Fay was traveling along Wards Corner Road with five or six middle school students on board – the afternoon route to take them home – when a box truck passed him, and the side mirrors on the two vehicles hit with force.
“The mirror swung into the bus and the glass exploded,” said Fay.
He has no memory of what happened next.
“The glass went all over Mr. Fay,” said John Ames, Loveland City School District business manager. “The students said the mirror swung in and hit Mr. Fay in the face, he then pulled the bus to the side safely, put it in park, and then passed out. The students, unharmed, used the radio to call 911.
“This story could have had a much different outcome,” said Ames. “We are so thankful that Mr. Fay – despite the circumstances – had the ability to bring the bus to a safe stop. He put the safety of those students first. He is a true hero, and his efforts deserve recognition.”
“My first job is to get the students home safely,” said Fay, now fully recovered after suffering a minor concussion. “It must have been natural instinct to pull over and put the bus in park. We reach for that brake 100 to 200 times a day, and I imagine my natural instinct kicked in.”
Loveland Magazine captured John Ames on video describing the situation to the Board of Education. Click here to watch that footage.