Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland honored Half Hollow Hills bus driver Janie Lozano and Signal Hill Elementary School student Hunter Javeline for their quick actions that ensured the safety of the students aboard a bus driven by Lozano when it caught fire last week.
The school bus was en route to Signal Hill Elementary School when Lozano noticed a “ball of fire” emitting from the bus in the rearview mirror. She quickly stopped the bus and initiated its orderly evacuation, which was aided by Javeline, who Lozano indicated was integral in the students’ safe departure from the bus.
“It was my privilege to recognize Janie and Hunter for the heroism they exhibited,” said Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland. “As someone who drove a bus for ten years, I know that the safety of passengers is paramount in the mind of a bus driver. Janie’s actions were nothing short of courageous and Hunter’s assistance in the evacuation was remarkable and brave. They are testaments to the excellence that is typical of the employees and students of the Half Hollow Hills Central School District.”