Local school bus driver recognized for heroism

A Harrison County girl is alive today because of the heroism of her bus driver.

School bus driver Robert Morgan was recognized at Wortham Elementary and Middle School when the fourth grader and her family surprised him with gifts, cake, and a letter of thanks.

Robert Morgan, a bus driver at Harrison County for fifteen years, was dropping kids off on his usual route last Thursday when a child told him fourth-grader Ella Harper was choking. He pulled the bus over and sprang into action. “Ella made it to the front and then I noticed she was choking, so I got up and did the Heimlich maneuver, and finally what was stuck came up.”

Ella told News 25 she thought about never seeing her grandmother and mom again. She was terrified. “I was on the bus and I was eating a hamburger and I choked on it and I couldn’t breathe, so my friend brought me up to the bus driver and he did the Heimlich maneuver on me.”

Ella lost her father less than a year ago. Her mother Sherri said it’s only because of Morgan that she didn’t lose her daughter as well. “Other people need to know what kind of person he is. People that may not know him, you know, that may not see him except in the grocery store you know, and they’re like ‘oh wow, you know, I remember him.’ But he — wonderful, wonderful man.”

Family members say they’re incredibly grateful for this bus driver’s actions. Had he not quickly provided aid, the story could have taken a tragic turn. “I just want to tell them that I’m thankful that they allow me take Ella to and from school every day and they um, trust me with her every day and I’m thankful for that.”

“He’s a cool guy, he’s a nice man, and he’s always protective over everybody on the bus.”

“I do not know what kind of shape I would be in if anything had happened to her.”

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