TODAY | April 12, 2012
>> good morning.
>> what was going through your mind as you were racing to the front of that bus?
>> i really wasn't thinking of anything. i was just seeing the bus driver and him doing weird stuff. he was convulsing, having a heart attack. i had never seen that before. i just raised into action. i just grabbed the wheel and stopped the bus.
>> you knew -- you could tell that it was maybe heading towards a church?
>> yeah, yeah. he was going on a church. the church at the end of the curb. i'm a christian. i don't want it to hit a church.
>> when did you first know the bus was in trouble? what was the first sign to you?
>> well, the bus driver wasn't paying attention to the road. his hands went off the steering wheel and jeremy went up and tried to steer.
>> what made you decide to go up and give him a hand?
>> i knew i had to do something because he didn't know cpr , and i was cpr certified.
>> just the summer before, is that right?
>> yes. just the summer before.
>> and jamie, watching your son perform cpr on the driver has got to be something. i mean, he's trying to save the driver's life.
>> it was very emotional for me when i saw the video. it brought tears to my eyes. it just makes me so proud that he jumped into action and really tried to help this person. it was very emotional to me.
>> katherine , have your kids be called heroes has to be called special.
>> we're really, really proud of them. we've had so much support from the family and the school and our church. i've always been proud of jeremy . exceptionally so after this.
>> you know, we just heard the school administrator talk about how all the kids are taught how to stop, pull the brake and stop the bus. but my understanding is that jeremy actually had some experience driving. and that maybe at 13, you might have some explaining to do to your husband. is that right?
>> he did ask after this all broke out, katherine , what are you really doing?
>> what were you really doing?
>> my husband goes on business trips, and jeremy will back the car out and wash it for me. he's had some experience behind a tractor with his papa years ago.
>> so in the driveway.
>> yeah. yeah.
>> so are you guys the most popular kids in the entire district? i mean, what are your classmates saying now?
>> they're just cheering. like the first day we came back to school after the accident, everyone was cheering. they were shouting, like, go, jeremy ! good job! a lot of attention.
>> how are you handling all of this adulation?
>> i just smile, just say thank you. like try not to take too much credit.
>> i'm wondering, you know, now with your mom sitting here, however, i'm aware of that, do you think that you're going to be able to -- she's going to allow you to get your driver's license when you're legal at 16?
>> i hope. i hope.
>> his sister did not get her driver's license until she was 17. so we'll have to see how that will play out.
>> i hope she'll give me some slack.
>> jeremy and katherine wuitschick and also johnny and jamie wood and congratulations to you moms for the great job raising these boys. you boys are