Bus Driver Hailed as Hero in Dog Attack

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    Listen to a panicked 9-1-1 call moments after a dog got on a Prince George's County school bus and began attacking children. It happened Wednesday morning. (Published Friday, May 20, 2011)

    A day after a vicious dog ran on to the school bus he drives and attacked children, Prince George’s County Public Schools bus driver Barry Jones took the day off.

    Witnesses are hailing Jones as a hero. At least four children were bitten, but without Jones, it could have been worse.

    Jones spent 22 years with a medical unit in the U.S. Air Force, but he described the bulldog attack as the worst he’d ever scene.

    Still shaken up by the incident, Jones said he’s thankful none of the children was seriously injured.

    A white American bulldog followed Rashawn Ray on to the bus in Clinton Wednesday morning.

    “He was just trying to bite him and anybody that got in his way and these two girls that he also bit but not seriously got in his way and he bit them,” Jones said.

    Jones quickly followed the children to the back of the bus, kicking and punching the 100-pound dog until it finally let go of Rashawn.

    When authorities reached the scene, they shot and killed the dog.

    “When they’re on my bus I kind of feel like I’m their father for that time that they’re on my bus and they’re in my hands and I have to keep them from getting hurt in any way that I can,” Jones said.

    The dog didn’t have a collar, and authorities still have not found an owner.

    Results of rabies tests are expected Friday.