Durham school bus driver saves teen's life
What started as a routine afternoon route for Durham School Services bus driver, Dennis Ziemann, changed abruptly when it was brought to his attention that a student on board his bus was choking. Moving swiftly Ziemann pulled the bus over and turned his attention to Matthew Thesing whose face was beginning to turn purple.
Due to the tight space, Ziemann directed Thesing to get down on his knees so that he could thump his back. While doing so, out flew a piece of candy. Applause erupted on the bus. Once all the students were settled again, Ziemann resumed driving his route, safely taking the students home.
"He came back to the office and calmly told me what happened," said Sue Peterson, Durham's general manager in Minnesota City. "It wasn't until I spoke with dispatch, that I realised the magnitude of the situation and how he truly saved Matthew's life. His quick thinking and dedication to the well-being of the students he transports makes him a hero."
Throughout his time as a school bus driver, Ziemann has encountered many situations although none was as serious as what occurred that afternoon. "I am grateful to the student who brought Matthew up to the front of the bus," said Ziemann. "Upon seeing him I knew he was in serious trouble and I am thankful that I was able to come to the rescue."