Good Samaritan Helps Disabled Kids Off Burning School Bus, “God Put Me There” – WATCH

With so much bad news out there, riots, lockdowns, coronavirus, political divisions, etc., it’s nice to see something good for a change.

CBS Chicago is reporting:

“Dramatic video shows fire sweeping through a school bus on the city’s Near West Side Thursday morning.

Flames and thick smoke were seen shooting out of the windows of the Grand Prairie Transit school bus after the fire broke out just before 9 a.m. on 13th Street near Damen Avenue.

CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross spoke to a Good Samaritan who helped get everyone off the bus. The man was walking out of a nearby church when he noticed the bus, and he said it was instinctual – he had to act.

“As I got closer, I saw the flames by the engine of the bus,” said Kenny Patterson. “It was burning pretty hot. You could see smoke was past the trees in the sky it was up way past the building.”

Patterson said he caught that glimpse of the bus beginning to burn after leaving his church.

The retired utility worker was simply happy to provide some utility in a time of crisis

“I ran around and told the bus driver to get off. The bus was on fire,” Patterson said. “I asked him, was anyone on the bus; any kids? He said, ‘Yeah.’ So we went to the back and I helped two children on there.”

Nearby Easterseals, 1939 W. 13th St., said it evacuated its building due to the smell of smoke and the possibility of an explosion.

Two Easterseals students, a driver, and another adult were on the bus at the time. The two middle school boys were later checked out and were fine.

“They had some sort of disability, both of them,” Patterson said.

Ross asked Patterson what would have happened if he had not been around.

“God only knows,” Patterson replied. “Like I say, He just put me in that spot to do what He wanted me to do. They were real grateful and thankful for what happened.”

For years, Patterson felt a humble calling to volunteer at the nearby church. His calling on Thursday, however, involved asking a local business to dial 911 for help.

“Ran back into the daycare asked them to call 911,” he said.

Patterson emphasized that he does not want to be called a hero.

“Just a servant of the Lord – that’s it. Just glad he put me in the right place at the right time,” Patterson said. “That was the main thing that everyone got off the bus OK; wasn’t problems. They can get another bus, so everything is good.”

Mechanical issues are believed to have started the fire.

We reached out to the bus company to find out what went wrong. They told us they had no comment.”


This isn’t the typical story we hear coming out of Chicago. Usually, it’s how many people were shot & killed. Great to have something positive to report!

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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."

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