A Canadian teen is being hailed a hero after he braved a snowstorm to save students who were stuck on a school bus.
On October 4, a school bus carrying 25 students became stranded on the side of the road in the Sandilands community in Canada. While the bus driver tried to fix the bus, Alexi Catellier, 13 kept the other kids calm.
“It was definitely nerve-wracking.. You have to keep the kids calm, because otherwise the bus driver won’t be able to do his job,” Catellier recalled.
Unfortunately for the group, the snowstorm downed power lines, making it impossible to call for help.To make matters worse, they quickly ran out of food and water, prompting Catellier to melt snow into water bottles for the other kids.
After 6 hours of very little progress, Catellier decided to take matters into his own hands and find help.
“The way the wind was blowing, and with the snow, it was freezing cold. And I was just wearing running shoes, track pants, a thin sweater and a little fall jacket,” he tells CBC News.
Luckily, after trudging in the freezing cold, he found a man who was able to contact some rail workers for help.
To add to his hero status, Catellier was also able to spot a nearby home. He then went back to the bus and carried some of the kids to warm up and use the bathroom before help arrived.
The students were rescued an hour later when the rail workers arrived to pull out the schoolbus from the embankment.