Local Women Recognized for Heroic Efforts

by Emily Baird on October 5, 2010 at 7:57 am

The Student Nursing Association of Zanesville is recognizing two women for their actions in a tragic bus accident last June.

A Brown Bag Lunch ‘n’ Learn was held at Ohio University-Zanesville Tuesday afternoon, where Darcie Davis, a fifth quarter nursing student, and Dr. Sally Fusner, an associate professor of nursing were each given a special award. Both women were driving on State Route 60 that morning and came upon the bus while its wheels were still spinning.

"I felt like I knew what I had to do, but at the same time, I knew I couldn’t do anything. I just had to give the boy emotional support and try to keep him calm because he was really scared. I knew without medical training, I couldn’t help to get them out. They were stuck. I just did the best I could to keep the boy calm," says Davis.

Davis says it was evident when she assessed the scene that there was a fatality, six-year-old Kasey King. While she was in the bus, Fusner was outside helping the rest of the kids get in contact with their parents. Fusner says her contribution was small compared to Davis, who was the true hero in this situation.

"We’re all so very proud of her, that she took the initiative and did that because it’s a very scary situation. It shows that she’s going to be able to think in crisis situations," says Fusner.

The Nursing Association of Zanesville says they brought the women in Tuesday to demonstrate how nurses are always on-call, even in every-day life.