Ohio bus driver called a hero after thwarting robbery

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) – An Ohio bus driver is being called a hero after helping deputies make an arrest in a robbery.

Bus driver Shawn Ost was driving bus 4, and was making one of his usual stops along his route on the south side of the city, when a 7th grader told him there were cars in her driveway that did not belong.

The girl’s 10th grade brother also confirmed the white van in the driveway was not owned by the family. Ost told WCMH he knew something was wrong when he saw people walking to and from the family’s home with items and placing them in the van.

Ost told students to remain seated instead of getting off the bus, and instructed them to get a description of the robbers while he called 9-1-1. Ost was able to tell deputies the direction the van was headed once it left the house.

Ross County Sheriff George Lavender told WCMH his deputies were able to arrest the suspects in minutes. He credits Ost’s quick thinking, calling 9-1-1 and keeping students on the bus, for bringing a happy ending to this story.

Ost says it was the students who noticed something was wrong. He told WCMH he loves working with the students on his route and was just doing his job.

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