NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield student residents Gavin Costello, Angelo Mel-Tos and Kala Wright were the stars of the show, as the North Plainfield Board of Education and North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano presented the three with plaques and gave them a big thank you for their heroic efforts back on February 12th. The three are credited with taking quick action and taking control of their school bus while traveling on Route #22 when their bus driver suffered a medical emergency. Their actions averted what could have been a disaster as a packed school bus was traveling down Route #22 at 7:35am on its way to the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.
“We are just so proud, this is a good thing,” said Janet Costello mother of Gavin Costello. “Gavin is calm and cool, he is the type of kid that goes to school with a first-aid kit in his backpack.”
The morning of February 12th that is just what the bus needed. Cool headed and quick thinking teens that knew how to take control of a life or death situation. “The driver seemed to be having trouble for a good portion of the ride,” said Kala Wright. According to Angelo Mel-Tos, “Gavin hit the brakes, and I grabbed the keys.”
“I’m really proud of Kala and all of the students,” said Valerie Wright. Wright wasn’t the only one proud of the three heroes. The Board of Education passed a resolution recognizing the three students and each was given a plaque which included their name and the following inscription: They exhibited valor and courage which has earned them recognition throughout the community, and Gavin, Kala, Angelo was truly a hero on February 10, 2016 when he/she willing placed himself in jeopardy to protect others.
“On behalf of the Borough I’d like to congratulate these fine young adults for the actions they took on that day,” said North Plainfield Mayor Michael Giordano. “Their quick thinking and actions prevented what could have been a very serious accident of a bus filled with school kids on Route #22.”
Mayor Giordano was right. These three fine young adults averted what could have been a real life disaster, and the Borough is thankful to have two fine young men and one woman who knew just what to do in a time of crisis.