Two south-central Nebraska men are now finalists for a national award recognizing their bravery in rescuing children from a burning school bus last fall.
The bus from the Blue Hill Community School District collided with a semi-truck on September 5th at a rural intersection near Blue Hill.
Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns recalls the crash that killed four Webster County residents, including two children, and injured five others.
“Through the sorrow of this terrible tragedy, a story has emerged that truly epitomizes the word hero,” Johanns says, quoting a newspaper story that calls the men “guardian angels.”
Senator Johanns submitted the names of Ron Meyr and Phil Petr, both of Blue Hill, for the national “Citizen Service Before Self” honors award.
Johanns says the two arrived on the scene moments after the crash and swiftly ran onto the burning bus and pulled five children to safety. Meyer and Petr are among 23 finalists for the award.
The final four Citizen Hero honorees will receive medals for their service on March 25th. They’ll be announced March 11th.
By Tyson Havranek, KHAS, Hastings