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Students recognized at Statehouse

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Five students from Turkey Run Elementary and Parke Heritage Middle School were honored at the Indiana Statehouse on Monday by a joint resolution of the Indiana state legislature. Being recognized were Logan Bowles, Dylan Lamb, Brayton Myers, Gavin Smith and Legend Smith.

Near the end of the afternoon bus route on Jan. 6, North Central Parke bus driver Sandy Woolwine had a medical emergency with these five on the bus. She managed to pull over and park the bus, and then collapsed. These young men held it together, called 911 and comforted her until emergency crews arrived.

“Unfortunately, Sandy passed away, but the heroic deeds of these students will never be forgotten,” said Scott Schulz, middle school principal.

The students were recognized for keeping their calm, making the emergency call, assisting the medical crew with information and comforting Sandy. Senate Concurrent Resolution 26 was authored by Sen. Philip Boots and sponsored by Rep. Beau Baird and Rep. Alan Morrison.

The resolution states:

A concurrent resolution memorializing Sandy Woolwine and honoring the heroic actions of North Central Parke Community School Corporation students.

Whereas, Sandy Woolwine, a beloved bus driver for the North Central Parke Community School Corporation, had a medical emergency while driving her daily afternoon route Jan. 6;

Whereas, the five students aboard the bus, Gavin and Legend Smith, Dylan Lamb, Logan Bowles and Brayton Myers, acted bravely and beyond their years during the emergency;

Whereas, always looking out for the safety of her students, Sandy pulled over and turned the bus off at the next stop, where Gavin and Legend Smith’s father was luckily waiting;

Whereas, Sandy was helped off the bus, and the students waited with her, holding Sandy’s hand and comforting her until emergency personnel arrived;

Whereas, when EMS arrived, Dylan Lamb told the technicians that Sandy did not drive the bus that morning because she had the flu, information that was critical for EMS and hospital staff to care for Sandy as she was unconscious;

Whereas, although efforts to revive Sandy were unsuccessful, the quick and heroic actions of Sandy and the five students aboard the bus saved student lives and prevented further danger to the students and community:

Therefore, be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, the House of Representatives concurring: 

Section 1. That the Indiana General Assembly memorializes Sandy Woolwine and honors the North Central Parke Community School Corporation students for their heroic actions on Jan. 6.

Section 2. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit copies of this resolution to the family of Sandy Woolwine, Gavin and Legend Smith, Dylan Lamb, Logan Bowles and Brayton Myers.

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