CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB)- Today Fairview Veteran Memorial School in Chicopee call two of their students heros, 7th graders: Amaris Ramos and Tristan Richter.
Last Thursday morning, May 23, Amaris was on her way to class, riding in a school transportation van. All of a sudden she noticed her driver went unconscious..
“I looked over and her hands were off the wheel and she went sideward a little bit,” says Ramos.
She didn’t wait a second to react– “I unbuckled my seatbelt and grabbed the wheel.”
Just in time she looked out the window to see her classmate outside at his home. She caught Tristan’s attention…
“All of a sudden I see a van slowly going by and I didn’t know what was going by and I see Amaris waving at me and I got really scared becuase she said come help me.. so I ran back home and I yelled to call 911,” says 13 year old Richter.
Then, Tristan’s father sprinted out the door and caught up with the van. He opened the door, pulled it open, grabbed the steering wheel and began to applying the brake.
The vehicle came to a halt and nobody was harmed.
The van was heading to this intersection on Montcalm Street, a high traffic area and a place where kids walk to go to school. If the van wasn’t stopped in time it could have been a tragic situation.
It all happened so fast and the students did admit they panicked, but they didn’t let their fear get in the way.
“I got so scared for her because I didn’t know what was happening at the time.. I was just like I need to help Amaris as soon as possible before anything else happens,” says Tristan.
Their courage was celebrated at school today with their family, teachers, and peers. To everyone they are now heroes.
“I feel pretty proud and I’m so happy my parents taught me what to do in a situation like that,” says Tristan.