It started just like any other school day. A normal Monday morning for 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick, waving goodbye to his mother as he boarded the school bus.
However, the Milton, Washington, 7th grader would become a hero before he even made it to class.
On the way to school his brave actions averted a potentially disastrous situation after he guided the bus safely off the road after the driver fell unconscious.
Jeremy and 15 classmates were on en route to Surprise Lake Middle School when the incident occurred in April 2012.
“I knew something was wrong,” the schoolboy told King 5 news. “The bus driver…looked funny. His eyes were bulging, he was sitting back and his hands were flapping around.”
Immediately, Wuitschick and another seventh grade student — Johnny Wood — leapt out of their seats and rushed to the front of the bus.
The boys actions were subsequently captured by security cameras inside the vehicle.
“I was just thinking about, ‘I don’t want to die,’ ” Jeremy told reporters.
With a sense of mind most adults would be proud of, Wuitschick shouted out to his classmates to phone 911, before grabbing the wheel.
He then steered the bus to the side of the road, preventing it from crashing onto the sidewalk and a row of buildings beyond.
“It was pretty scary,” said Wuitschick, who then took the key out of the ignition, making the bus come to a halt.
The heroics did not stop there. With the driver in a grave condition, Johnny Wood, who knew CPR began giving the man chest compressions.
After bringing the bus to a safe stop, Wuitschick jumped to assist his friend. Both boys then battled to keep the driver alive until help arrived.
Local authorities said they were planning to reward Mr Wuitschick for his quick-thinking.
Milton Police Chief Bill Rhodes told ABC News: ‘I’ll tell you, I’ll give the kid credit for fast thinking. He did the right thing and we’re going to do something for him. The kid definitely deserves credit’.
When asked what compelled him to come forward to help, Wuitschick said he had acted “on instinct.” He also added that a “book about superheroes” had inspired his actions.
He also admitted that he knew how to drive because his mother allowed him to back the car out of the driveway when he washes it. “But don’t tell my Dad that,’ he said coyly.
Unfortunately, later reports revealed that the driver, a Mr Ryan Callis died in hospital shortly after the incident.
The two boys could have not done more to help however, and 15 other schoolmates owe their safety to the brave actions of Jeremy that Monday morning.