Rios CHP Bus Driver of the Year
Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) bus driver Roseann Rios was recently honored by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) at its Northern California School Bus Driver of the Year ceremonies held at KCSOS Transportation Services Center in Bakersfield. Rios was honored for her heroic deed on November 22, 2010, when, while transporting students to school in Shafter, she entered a mobile home endangered by an electrical fire, escorted the family to safety, and then put out the fire with one of the bus's extinguishers. In recognizing her heroism, CHP Central Division Chief Jim Abrames, also noted that Rios has been driving school buses for 21 years for KCSOS, has received 17 awards of recognition from the office, and averaged almost 38,000 miles a year plus without an accident.
"Roseann is very independent but also humble, caring and honest, qualities that contribute to her being such a valuable employee. She loves to help people and often puts helping others ahead of herself," says Christine Lizardi Frazier, Kern County Superintendent of Schools. "No doubt this desire to help others was a motivating factor in her actions to extinguish the mobile home fire and avert a potential tragedy. The fact that aide Yesenia Garcia was with Roseann meant the children on board the bus were fully supervised, allowing Roseann to do this potentially life-saving act."