School bus driver saves choking boy in Boone County

Posted at 8:07 PM, Sep 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-20 21:39:12-04

HEBRON, Ky. -- Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear a seatbelt. 

A Boone County school bus driver used the Heimlich maneuver to save a fifth-grade boy who was choking last week. 

The bus hadn't yet left Thornewild Elementary when 10-year-old Chase Bailey started choking on a mint. He ran up the aisle to the driver, Rod Price.

"It started and ended so quickly ... I didn't have time to think about it," Price said.

He used two Heimlich moves to save Chase's life.

"That's amazing," Price said. "I can't get over that part of it ... It hasn't really sunk in, as far as the actuality of it. People tell me that, but it doesn't sink in."

Chase's dad, Justin Bailey, came by to meet Price and shake his hand Wednesday. 

"We were just super grateful that the bus driver had the knowledge to get up and react the way that he did," he said. 

The seriousness of what happened took time to soak in.

"Later on you're driving home and you think, 'Wow, I could have lost my son today if it wasn't for the actions of the bus driver," Bailey said.

Wednesday, Price was back on his routes and Chase was back at football practice.

Price said he told Chase, "No more candy on the bus."