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November 27, 2014

Seventh-grader’s heroism puts school bus out of harm’s way

A 12-year-old Bayport girl will be nominated for an award by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for her heroic actions during a bus ride to her Nordic ski team practice, the Pioneer Press reports.

Seventh-grader Rana Kraftson, one of nine students aboard the school bus leaving Oak-Land Junior High School in Lake Elmo, just happened to look up and see the bus driver begin to shake and fall out of his seat “like a brick.”

As the bus continued to accelerate, the 12-year-old removed the driver’s foot from the gas pedal and hit the brake with her hands. Rana then picked up the driver’s radio and called for help.

“I think it’s what any reasonable human would have done,” Rana said.

The driver, 65-year-old Duane Burmeister of Stillwater, was sent to Regions Hospital and is now recovering at home. Rana says he’s doing well and the team recently sent him a Christmas card.