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Taking A Stand: Teenager turned hero

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By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

(WFIE) - On Wednesday morning, a Henderson County school bus veered off the side of the road and crashed into a ditch.

Thirteen students were injured, but thankfully, no one was seriously hurt.

It's a frightening scenario for parents everywhere, but in this case, a hero emerged.

The driver, the only adult on the bus, was trapped in her seat by her seatbelt.

That's when 16-year-old Cody Book stepped in.

His first thought: How do I get these kids off the bus?

He opened up the emergency exit in the roof and, one by one, helped the children climb out.

Cody says he doesn't consider himself a hero.

He says he was just in the right place at the right time, but we know better.  

Cody is a hero.

Too often we all focus on the wrong things that our teenagers do, and that includes the news media.

This time, we were able to recognize a high school sophomore who did everything right.

Cody, Henderson County and the Tri-State congratulate you for taking a stand and helping out when needed.

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