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    Massachusetts Soldier aids in bus crash

    Mass. Soldier aids children in bus crash

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes | Capt. David Wilson, a Massachusetts National Guard Soldier from Waltham, Mass.,...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. 1st Class Whitney Hughes 

    Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – When Capt. David Wilson, a Massachusetts Army National Guardsman from Charlton, Mass., saw the partially overturned school bus off I-95 he couldn't have known that there were 22 children and two adults on board, he just knew that people could be hurt.

    "He definitely put himself in danger by going on to the bus," said Massachusetts State Trooper James Ackerley, Massachusetts State Police, who came on the scene January 11, after Wilson assisted the children and adults on the bus out of the rear emergency exit. "Without regard for his own safety, (he) then entered the unstable bus and conducted a full sweep to ensure no one was left behind."

    When Wilson was driving behind the bus he didn't see the accident, but he also didn't see any first responders, so he immediately pulled over behind the bus to help. He joined a number of other motorists in helping the children and adults out of the rear of the bus. Ten of the children were later taken to Boston's Children's Hospital with minor injuries.

    "Some of them were pretty emotional coming off of the bus," said Wilson. "I was just telling them they were doing great. They were being great for what they were going through."

    However, he still wanted to be sure that no other people were trapped in the vehicle.

    "It was at enough of an angle that it was disorienting and challenging climbing over the seats," said Wilson. Once the bus was cleared he waited to give his statement to Ackerley and then drove home. "I didn't think of it as too big of a deal, it's just something you see and you stop and help."

    Ackerley disagreed with his humble account.

    "Seeing his image come on the bus was touching," said Ackerley, recounting watching a video they reviewed later. "It was exemplary, outstanding, he was a big help to everyone there."

    Wilson has served in the military for 19 years and is an operations officer for the 126th Brigade Support Battalion, 26th Yankee Brigade, of the Massachusetts National Guard.



    Date Taken: 01.18.2017
    Date Posted: 11.14.2017 11:19
    Story ID: 255295
    Location: WALTHAM, MA, US 

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