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What started off as a normal afternoon nearly ended in tragedy when a school bus driver in Florida lost control of the vehicle. The bus was full of children on their way home from school when it slid off the road and tipped into a lake.

“The bus was out of control. I saw the driver hit the brakes, but nothing happened,” recalls 10-year-old Nicholas Sierra. As if that weren’t terrifying enough, the lake was full of alligators—what a nightmare!


Nicholas saw that his classmates were terrified and panicked, so he moved into action. He got a young girl on his back and carried her to the shore.

Then he turned around, swam back to the bus, and brought another two kids to safety.

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