Nicholas Sierra, Age 10: “It Wouldn’t be Fair if They Died and I Lived”

On 17 September 2015, a Tampa, Florida, school bus carrying 27 elementary school kids crashed and overturned in a four-foot deep pond. Nicholas Sierra, a 10-year-old Mary E. Bryant Elementary School safety patroller, became a hero. He carried a little kindergarten girl to safety and then returned and carried two more kids — a first- and a second-grader — to safety. He said, “It wouldn’t be fair if they died and I lived.” Only one child needed to be treated; the injuries were minor. Three Hillsborough sheriff’s deputies and the bus driver made sure the students were safe and accounted for. The bus — which was a substitute bus being used because the regular bus was being repaired — was built in 1994. Nicholas’ mother, Deborah Sierra, said about him, “He has a good heart and always wants to help people around him. I think we’re going to give him a homework pass for the night.”

For More Information: Michael Majchrowicz, “School bus carrying 27 kids plunges into water, 10-year-old springs into action; 1 injury reported in aftermath.” Tampa Bay Times (Florida). 17 September 2015

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