How far would you go to ensure the safety of children in your neighborhood? Would you risk your own life and limb? Last week in Akron, Ohio, school bus driver Laura Zborowski went well beyond the call of duty and gave it all - her life - to save a child from danger.
For the children and staff of Middlebury Academy in Akron, Tuesday, September 16th, should have been just another normal school day. As part of the back-to-school routine, the 51-year-old Zborowski was conducting a safety drill called for the evacuation of 40 students from the back of her bus. Everything was progressing as planned, and Zborowski was helping one last student, a girl aged 10, down from the vehicle. Suddenly the bus started moving backward down the slope of the road, threatening to crush the girl standing directly in its path. Instead, Zborowski moved quickly - she grabbed the child and threw her onto the grass that lined the side of the road.
It was too late for Zborowski, though. Through her courageous action, she took the girl's place and was crushed by the oncoming bus. As Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards remarked to reporters, "She sacrificed her own life to save the life of this 10-year-old girl... No doubt in my mind or in anybody's mind, she's a true hero." More than celebrities and sports stars, let's honor community heroes like Laura Zborowski, a true first responder. Remembering the words of the Gospel, we can confidently say of Laura:
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.