Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Everyday Heroes Can Be Any Age

Just a reminder that today I will be on Rusty Carl's blog to discuss designing the cover.

It's time for another Everyday Hero!  The last two have involved people around me acting quickly to save lives--including mine!  This month is another story about quick thinking saving a life, only this time the quick thinker was just 11 years old!

From AOL Autos is the story of 11-year-old Jackson Bonar who was quick to take the wheel of his school bus when the driver suffered a heart attack.

An 11-year-old boy's quick thinking and heroic actions likely saved lives when a bus driver collapsed from a heart attack.

Robert Kelly collapsed while driving a school bus in Collier County, Florida, just a few blocks away from 11-year-old Jackson Bonar's house. Bonar was the last one left on the bus when he saw Kelly fall over, leaving the bus completely driverless and a serious risk to his life and others on the road. But, thankfully, Bonar knew exactly what needed to be done.

Using skills he gained from driving his family's recreational four-wheeler, Bonar grabbed the wheel of the bus, which was headed straight for a tree. He steered the bus into a much more malleable fence.

"I put my foot on the brakes, but the bus was still moving, so I turned the steering wheel [to make sure] that the airbag wouldn't go off and hurt him," Bonar said.

Bonar says that he doesn't see himself as a hero, but Kelly would like to disagree with him, according to WINK.

"Once in a while you get an extraordinary one like him, wise beyond his years," he said.
Congrats to him for his quick thinking!  And like the headline says, heroes can be any age!

To read about another young hero, buy my novel A Hero's Journey, just $2.99 in eBook format! 

Thanks to all the people who've bought it so far. You rule!

Tomorrow I review Young Family by Claire Lachance...


  1. Heading over now...

  2. Congratulations on being number one at Solstice! That's awesome.

  3. I remember when that happened. It's good to know that there are some quick thinking kids out there.

  4. I remember reading a book with an MC that did that very thing. Can't precisely remember the title now . . . might have been Gone by Michael Grant (though I'm not positive).

    Congrats on your book!

  5. I'd like to think that put in exceptional circumstances, that many of us would step up and do what needed to be done. It's awesome that the kid did that. Glad you were able to post at my place today.

  6. This is late, but congrats on Solstice Pat. Bonar is a smart kid and a great hero.



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