Flight paramedic invents light to keep kids safe at bus stops
LifeNet Flight Paramedic Bob King created “Hannah’s Light,” in honor of a 7-year-old girl who was hit by a bus outside her home
By EMS1 Staff
GARLAND COUNTY, Ark. — A flight paramedic invented a tool to keep kids safe at bus stops after tragedy struck six years ago.
"It was about 6:25 in the morning. The fire tones went off, stated that there had been an accident involving a school bus," King recalled. "She broke away from her guardian and ran for the bus thinking ‘it's going to stop for me’ and it didn't. There was nothing that could be done. The little girl was obviously deceased."
Six years after the incident, King is hoping to keep kids safe with small lights that can be clipped onto a child’s backpack or clothing and can be seen from 100 yards away.
"We want to make the kids more visible during the times when they are out in the dark," he said. "If one of these lights helps one grade-schooler not have this happen to them again, the whole program is worth it.”
King handed out the lights in two counties and hopes to spread them statewide.
Hannah's Lights | A Small Donation Can Make a Big Difference
Today marks six years since crews in our Hot Springs Divsion were called to a tragic accident scene that really touched our hearts and challenged one of our crew members to find a way to ensure it never happened again. A seven year old had been accidently struck and killed by her school bus. In her memory, each year LifeNet raises funds to provide "Hannah's Lights" to area school children in grades K-3 ... in an effort to prevent a similar event from ever happening again. We will be delivering lights in early October to schools in Garland and Hot Spring County. To learn more about the program, or to make a donation, visit: https://www.lifenetems.org/hannahslight/Posted by LifeNet,Inc. on Friday, September 21, 2018