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First responders honored after bus crash in Bonner Springs

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First responders are being honored for their work after a school bus rolled over last week injuring 22 students and the driver.

All of them were taken to the hospital and are fine now, but it was a chaotic scene as the children were pulled from the bus near Kansas 7 and Kansas 32.

First responders from Bonner Springs, Kansas City, KS, Wyandotte County, Johnson County and the Kansas Highway Patrol were recognized Monday night.

They were all the subject of a proclamation from Bonner Springs Mayor Jeff Harrington as Emergency First Responders Day.

The challenge they faced was a school bus full of sixth-grade girls - some trapped, many panicking.

However, not all the help came from rescue experts.

Across the street from the wreck was Wagner Auto with two employees who had expertise in a more basic type of care.

"I basically just wiped some tears and held some hands.  That is basically all I did," officer manager Vivica Ballew said.

And that meant something.

"We are starting to get some of the parents who call and send in cards and gifts, and they were just thankful their daughters weren't alone," body shop manager Roger Twitchel said.

Jason Sheahan is the general manager of Reddi Services.  He and a co-worker were behind the bus and helped the students off.

"I was just were God wanted me to be that day. We were actually running about 30 minutes late, so we shouldn't have even been there. At the end of the day, these ladies and gentlemen here are the heroes. Because they do this every day," Sheahan said.

Bonner Springs EMS department chief John Claxton said it was a great effort from everybody, not just one person or two people.

"It was the whole community, and all the outside services we called in did great. We had a plan set-up, and it worked," Claxton said.

Also honored was the Bonner Springs School District which offered the high school as a pick-up place for uninjured children.

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