BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. -- Numerous firefighters and rescuers -- many of them volunteers as well as full-time firefighters -- were involved in bringing those ten children and bus driver to safety northeast of Douglass on Thursday.
One of the rescuers was Lt. Tim Hollis with the Augusta Department of Public Safety. He says, "The volunteers from all of the agencies there did an excellent job."
The rescuers came from fire stations in Douglass, El Dorado and Augusta. Their one goal: get everyone out and home safely.
Lt. Hollis says it's common to train for water rescues. What made this different, he says, is that it included a bus with children and the driver.
"With a kid it's just a matter of assuring them that everything's going to be okay and letting them know everything's going to be alright because they don't know and they look to us for that assurance."
He says the rescuers kept reassuring the kids throughout the whole ordeal.
"You know they were calm. I mean they weren't happy. But they were calm. It kind of sunk in on them when we started moving them from the bus on to the boat where they actually started getting wet and they started realizing that this was something really serious. Once they got on the boat they realized the seriousness and they were scared. And some of them cried a little. But you know you're talking little kids here."
He says the operation went well and says they couldn't ask for it to go any different.