Union commends COs for assisting at bus crash

SALAMANCA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two correction officers are being commended for rescuing a bus driver and a kindergarten student who were on board a bus when it flipped over and slid down a ravine last month. Andrew Griffey and Daniel Drzymala witnessed the accident and quickly assisted the driver and passenger, according to the state correction officers union.

The officers were following behind the bus on Route 39 in Salamanca, when it pulled over to let vehicles pass. The bus slid down an embankment, flipped on its side and slid down a small ravine, according to The New York State Correction Officers Police Benevolent Association, Inc. They said Griffey and Drzymala ran down the ravine and helped free the female driver and young boy.

The officers, who work at Collins and Gowanda Correctional Facilities, called 911 and waited on the scene until New York State Police arrived. No one was injured in the accident.

“The alert and quick actions of the officers should be commended.  Thankfully no one was injured in the accident and it was fortunate that the officers were following the bus that day and were able to spring into action.  It had to be a frightening experience for both the driver and they kindergartener”,  stated Mike Dildine, Western Region Vice President.

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