MONTGOMERY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In the midst of chaos, one young man jumped into action this week to help his classmates.
Jacob Sargent's ride home took a scary turn Wednesday.
His school bus veered off the road on a narrow section of Route 61 near the Montgomery bridge and hit a rock wall.
"It was crazy,” Sargent said. “Our ceiling was coming in. The students were freaking out. They were screaming.”
Immediately following the accident, the Valley High School senior's training kicked in. He's been a volunteer firefighter with his father since he was 16.
He first called 911 and then grabbed the first aid kit.
“I actually went around and helped the kids who were bleeding to make sure they put pressure on their bleeding to make it stop," Sargent said. "If they had glass in their eyes I made sure they got off the bus and got with the EMTs and get assessed really quickly."
"If it would have been me,” his mother Concetta Sargent said, “I would have been too scared and nervous to do anything, but not him."
Fifteen students with sore backs and necks had to go to the hospital to be checked out, including Sargent. While we talked to him outside the ER, we decided his efforts earned him a special slot on our news, making him this week’s WSAZ Hometown Hero.
"He just puts everybody else before himself,” Concetta said, “and that's just the type of kid he's always been."
"My number 1 priority was to make sure everyone was ok," Sargent said.
The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.