While delivering children from Carter Middle School back to their respective homes on Wednesday, a school bus driver "became lightheaded and lost consciousness while the bus was traveling on Masonic Boulevard near Bunert Road," said Warren Consolidated School District superintendent Robert Livernois in a statement.
Although not yet old enough for a driver's license, Reeves proved he wasn't too young to save the day.
According to the district, upon seeing the "driver in distress," Reeves advanced to the front of the bus and took charge. The seventh-grader then successfully brought the bus to a stop "without incident."
WJBK-TV reported that the Warren Police and Fire Departments responded quickly and tended to the driver, who was then taken to a hospital.
The children were ultimately taken home on another bus.
Livernois said, "The actions of the student who helped stop the bus made all the difference today, and I could not be prouder of his efforts."
Ireta Reeves, Dillon's stepmom, thanked the Warren police officers and firefighters who responded to the incident and stressed on Facebook, "As parents we couldn't be anymore proud of our son."
"Saved all the kids, a car and house it could have hit in its path!! He is the Local HERO!!" said the proud stepmother, adding, "Jesus had everything to do with the bravery and swift action Dillon displayed today. To Dillon, it’s just another day. He has no idea the amount of people who are so proud of him today."
Warren City Councilman Jonathan Lafferty praised Reeves' quick thinking, writing, "The City of Warren is very proud of our 7th Grade Hero Dillon Reeves! This young man jumped into action when his school bus driver experienced a medical emergency, bringing the bus to a stop and avoiding what could have been a very tragic accident. We are very proud of you for your heroic actions!"
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