River Falls bus driver honored for heroic action

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GREEN BAY, Wis. A bus driver from Western Wisconsin has been named Wisconsin Bus Driver of the Year.

River Falls bus driver Steve Linehan earned the honor for his heroic actions, saving 40 elementary school students from a burning bus. The Wisconsin School Bus Association will honor him on Wednesday at its annual meeting in Green Bay.

Back in September, Linehan noticed smoke coming from his bus and pulled over to let the kids off. He then went back to make sure everyone had gotten out and ended up having to crawl through a side door to escape.

Linehan talked with WEAU about the experience earlier this year.

"The true heroes are the kids, they're the ones that went through the traumatic experience," he said. "I was just the leader of the pack to get them to a safe spot."

The River Falls School District says Linehan is deserving of the honor. Parents of children on the bus call him a lifesaver.

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