Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick to Thank Erie Township Community For Assisting Detroit Schoolchildren Following School Bus Crash
DETROIT, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick will visit Erie Township Tuesday, Oct. 29, to thank members of the surrounding community for assistance they provided to a busload of Detroit elementary school students when the students' school bus was involved in a crash Oct. 10. The Mayor will meet with members of the community at a special reception to be held at the Erie Volunteer Fire Department Hall in Erie Township, 2084 Manhattan, at 5:00 p.m. October 29, 2002. "It is clear that the people in the area where this crash occurred dropped everything to help our children," the Mayor said. "As a parent of two first- graders myself, my heart was deeply touched by the way the people of the surrounding community came to aid these Detroit children during a very frightening moment. "They saw a busload of small children in terrifying circumstances and they responded instantly. They didn't ask where the children were from. They just wanted to help. On behalf of all Detroiters, I want to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for what they did for our children at a very traumatic moment." The bus, carrying 43 children and 17 adults from Pierre Toussaint Academy in Detroit, was hit by a steel-hauling truck on Oct. 10 en route to a nearby orchard and cider mill. Neighbors and passersby immediately rushed to assist the children. Some neighbors ran to the scene with ice and towels to initially treat injuries and with blankets to wrap around the children while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. At the same time, there was a rapid emergency services response with every public and private ambulance in Monroe County reporting to the scene along with several from Toledo. Rescue workers were grabbing any qualified person to drive ambulances so paramedics could be in back with the patients. Injured children were transported to three different hospitals, Mercy Memorial, St. Vincent and St. Ann, by ambulance or air ambulance. Marlene Mills, Superintendent of Mason Consolidated Schools, sent school buses to take uninjured children from the scene and dispatched all of the district's guidance counselors to the scene to talk to the children and provide them with books and coloring books. Jane Honaker, manager of the 6070 Bar and Grill, located near the crash scene, heard the crash and immediately opened the doors for children who were not injured in the crash to come in and get away from the scene. Though her establishment normally doesn't open until 3 p.m., she provided the children with popcorn, chips, French Fries and juice to help keep them comfortable. A local McDonald's Restaurant donated Happy Meals to the children in the hospital, while Erie Orchards & Cider Mills -- their original destination -- brought in goodie bags for the kids along with pumpkins, cider and doughnuts. Erie Township Fire Department handled the scene and was assisted by Morin Point Fire Department (Erie TWP), Luna Pier Fire Department, Bedford Township Fire Department, LaSalle Township Fire Department, and Monroe Township Fire Department. Other emergency agencies that assisted at the accident include Monroe County Central Dispatch, Monroe Co. Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police (Monroe Post #28), Michigan State Police - Motorcarrier Division, and Erie Township Police Department. Also assisting were Luna Pier Police Department, AMR (Ambulance), St Vincent Life Flight, U of M - Survival Flight, Life Star (Ambulance), Star Towing, 6070 Bar & Grill, Erie Township Government, Erie Fire Department Honorary Members, American Red Cross - Monroe County Chapter, and Salvation Army - Monroe. Make Your Opinion Count - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X73310055
SOURCE City of Detroit
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