Jeremy Wuitschick, a seventh grader, was being praised by Milton Police Chief Bill Rhodes for acting quick to stop the school bus when the driver passed out on the way to school, according to ABC News.
"I was just thinking I don't want to die," Wuitschick told the Seattle Times. No one was injured during the accident, according to the Seattle Times.
The 43-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital, according to ABC News. His condition was "grave," Jeff Short, assistant superintendant for the Fife school district, told ABC News. Wuitschick and another student, Johnny Wood, started chest compressions as soon as the bus was pulled to the side, according to USA Today. "But his eyes were rolling back and I could tell it was getting harder for him to breathe," Wuitschick told KIRO-TV.
Police Chief Rhodes told ABC News "the kid definitely deserves credit" for being a "quick thinker."
Middle-school students are learnt how to deal with emergency situations, the Seattle Times said.