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Lena-Winslow students, bus driver share story of saving elderly woman stuck in the mud

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Dontrel-Brown (10)

LENA (WREX) — On Thursday, March 18, the wind was howling in the stateline. Other than that, it was a typical day for bus driver Duane Reed.

"I was getting ready to make a pick-up and I was driving down the road," Reed said.

Because of the wind, trash cans all down the road were on their sides or in the street.

"As I was going by the trash cans, I noticed somebody was raising their hand," he said.

On the side of the road, face down and stuck in the mud, was an elderly woman. Reed knew he had to help, but he needed some backup.

"Me and the other three, we jumped up and got off," said Noah Kepner.

Kepner along with Baylee Reed, Jayce Reed and Alex Reed got off the bus to see what they could do.

"I just jumped up to go help her and picked up the trash cans so she didn't do it herself," said Jayce Reed.

'My mom and dad always told me care about others first," said Alex Reed.

The three Reeds, by the way, are siblings. Bu that's not all. They're also Duane's children.

"He said I need some helpers and he didn't say any names but me, Jayce Alex and Noah ran out," said Baylee Reed.

The group got the woman to her feet and wrangled her runaway trash cans.

"She said she was fine, just embarrassed," said Duane.

Duane says everything happened so fast, he didn't even catch the woman's name. But he plans to visit her and see how she's doing. As for his four helpers he said, "I'm just proud of the kids for the way they reacted."

Kristin Crowley

Evening News Anchor
Kristin Crowley anchors the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. news. She is also a reporter for 13 Investigates. She brings more than a decade of experience to the newsroom. Her work at WREX has earned her multiple awards including a regional Edward R. Murrow for Investigative Journalism and three regional Emmys.

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