Reneita Smith is being praised for her heroic actions after she saved 20 children from a burning school bus earlier this month in Maryland.
Smith was driving the school children, who attend Glenarden Woods Elementary School, on Monday 12 September when the vehicle caught fire.
The blaze was reported at 4.45pm along the 9600 block near 51st Avenue. According to sources, the fire originated from one of the rear wheels of the vehicle.
Due to her valiant actions of rescuing the children one-by-one, none of the children on the bus were harmed by the flames.
As a mother of two, Smith, told sources that she ‘felt it was her duty’ to save the children.
“I had to make sure every last body was accounted for. I didn’t see other people’s children, I saw my children. I am a mother; I just did what any mother would do”.
The cause of the initial smoke, which caused the entire bus to be engulfed by flames, is still being investigated.