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‘Quick Thinking’ By CSEA-Represented Bus Driver In The Southern Tier Kept Students Out Of Harm’s Way

Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018
by Ove Overmyer/CSEA Western Region 6 Media Officer
‘Quick Thinking’ By CSEA-Represented Bus Driver In The Southern Tier Kept Students Out Of Harm’s Way

(MAYVILLE, NEW YORK) - A Sherman Central School District school bus was destroyed in the early morning hours on January 4th after experiencing mechanical problems and erupting into flames.  Twelve students were safely removed from the bus before it caught fire, thanks to the quick thinking of a Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented Bus Driver.

CSEA Member and Bus Driver David Tenpas, an Employee with the Sherman Central School District, is being credited with safely removing students from the bus before it erupted into flames.  “My training, experience and ‘common sense just kicked in,’” said Tenpas, who has been a CSEA Member since 2015. “I ‘did what I had to do.’”

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred on Parker Road in the Chautauqua County Village of Mayville around 7:15 a.m.

Sherman Central School District Superintendent Mike Ginestre said Tenpas noticed the vehicle’s brakes were experiencing problems and immediately pulled the vehicle over.  “He noticed the brakes were ‘running hot,’” Ginestre told the CSEA Work Force. “He’s a ‘talented’ Driver and ‘did an excellent job getting the students off and getting them safely to another bus.’”

Ginestre said a second school bus was summoned shortly after problems with the brakes were noticed.  Students were outside for only three minutes in single digit temperatures before they were picked up and taken to school.

Not long after students left the scene, the bus became engulfed by flames, Ginestre said.

Firefighters with the Stanley Hose Company, many who are also CSEA Members, were called to extinguish the bus - which became a total loss.

Parents of students on the bus were directly contacted by the school district and notified of the incident.  Ginestre said a district-wide message regarding the mishap was then sent out to parents and caregivers later in the day.

“Ensuring students’ safety ‘is our number one priority,’” Ginestre said. “I ‘just want to commend the Bus Driver and others for being there and doing the right thing.’”

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: https://cseany.org/workforce/csea-regions/region-6/quick-thinking-by-csea-bus-driver-keep-students-out-of-harms-way/

 

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