Edinburg Consolidated ISD Board of Trustees recently recognized ECISD Bus Driver Hernan De La Rosa for being a hero in saving students from a burning school bus on Dec. 17, 2009.

At 7 a.m. that day, De la Rosa made call to 911 for emergency assistance when he noticed that the bus was on fire as he drove into the bus unloading zone at Cavazos Elementary. He went into quick action and attempted to put out the fire with his fire extinguisher but quickly realized that the fire had spread. He then evacuated the students from the burning bus in a timely manner thereby avoiding any injury to any of the children.

The school board recognized De la Rosa for his brave and steadfast actions in saving the children and for his quick thinking in stopping the burning bus far enough away from the school where it could have created problems for the school campus. De la Rosa is a five-year veteran bus driver for the ECISD.