Red Cross Honors Bus Driver Turned Hero

Dreana Trent

Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photos: Jason Braverman. Dreana Trent, center, accepts the American Red Cross Certificate of Merit, below, from Sharon Hipps, Gwinnett County Public Schools bus driver trainer and coordinator of CPR and first aid training, left, and Timothy English, CEO of the Metro Atlanta chapter of the American Red Cross

Yesterday,  Atlanta Red Cross leaders  presented the  organization’s highest honor, the national Certificate of Merit, to Dreana [DREE-NAH] Trent, a Gwinnett County Schools bus driver who saved the life of a nine-year-old passenger on December 15, 2008. The Certificate of Merit is presented to approximately 150-175 people each year – nationwide – for their selfless and humane efforts to save or sustain a life with skills learned through Red Cross training.

What’s fascinating is that Dreana made a split- second decision to use life-saving skills that she had gained only a week before the incident. But what is even more fascinating is that in spite of all of the lauditory remarks and activity that surrounded her following her “save”, she remained as humble and as unassuming as ever— a quiet hero.

Simply put, Dreana’s story illustrates that we are all capable of being heros. It doesn’t take a lot of money, time or energy.  It simply takes a willingness to rise above self and to reach out to others when they need it most.

Thank you Dreana Trent for being a quiet hero and for stepping in to change fate on December 15, 2008.


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