School Bus Driver Recognized for Swift, Safe Response

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The safety and security of students have always been paramount to Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District officials. This commitment was put to the test in early April when a school bus transporting 14 Merrick Avenue Middle School students began smoking and eventually was engulfed in flames.

Laron McGravey, a school bus driver with the district’s contracted transportation company, Guardian, sprung into action, responding to initial signals and ushering the children off the bus to safety.
“He had them stand several houses away at a safer location,” said Board President Skip Haile, during a presentation at the May board meeting. “The students arrived to school completely unharmed and on time.”

“The efforts that he went through to take care of our kids was amazing,” added Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso.