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Florida school bus driver saves student from a speeding truck

Becky Shaffer, a school bus driver for Citrus County, was honored with an award for saving a boy from being nearly hit by a truck.
Becky Shaffer, a school bus driver for Citrus County, was honored with an award for saving a boy from being nearly hit by a truck. Citrus County School District

A Citrus County school bus driver was recognized for saving the life of one of her young passengers who was nearly hit by a truck.

On Tuesday, Citrus County’s school board members and Superintendent Sandra Himmel recognized Becky Schaffer with the superintendent’s Making A Difference award for saving a boy getting off the bus in April.

A school district video shows Schaffer’s heroism on April 18. It shows a student getting off Schaffer’s school bus and as he steps off Schaffer waves her hand and yells to the student.

The boy listened, and hurried back onto the bus just as a passing truck flies by.

During the presentation of the award, the superintendent said, “I truly believed she saved the life of this student. What a marvelous job she did with her alertness to keep our kids safe.”

Miami Herald Real Time Reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, Florida theme parks and general assignment. He attends the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks are on his mind in and out of the office.
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