East Gadsden High School Transportation Director Andy Gay, near right, gives hero medal to Kairon Singleton, 13, for his quick thinking and reactions to a crash involving a school bus he was riding home in on Gibson Road last Tuesday.
School district public information officer Shaia Beckwith said Singleton was asleep on the bus as it made its way on the route home when the driver missed a dead-end in the road and crashed into a tree. "This young man immediately checked everyone on the bus and realized a child was cut. He put a piece of paper on the cut and got everyone out. He then assessed the situation and, realizing there was no danger, got back on the bus and got everyone's belongings out," said Beckwith.
The Florida Highway Patrol said 66-year old Homer Knight had failed to stop at the dead end, went off the road and smashed into a tree, said news reports.
Singleton got everyone including two young students (one his brother) off the bus, sat them on the ground, and then called his mother, Shonna Grice, to come pick them up.
"I saw my baby boy on the ground, scared. My oldest was talking to officers," said Grice, who was very proud of her son.
Grice and family members joined school board authorities and Andy Gay in praising Kairon's actions. He will cherish his medal, said friends.
The school board members and staff gave Kairon a gift card to Applebee's and AMC movie theater in thanks.