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UPDATED: Fife bus driver dies after suffering medical emergency Monday

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 12, 2012 at 7:12 am |
April 12, 2012 11:58 am
Ryan Callis/Courtesy of his Facebook page

The Fife School District bus driver who had a medical emergency while driving middle school students to school Monday morning has died.

Ryan Callis, a 43-year-old father of three, never regained consciousness. He died Wednesday morning at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, said Reggie Green, a cousin of Callis.

Green said Callis enjoyed being a bus driver. He was an Army veteran and had driven a bus for Pierce Transit.

“He was a good bus driver,” Green said. “He was more than that. He was a good person.”

Callis was driving 12 students to Surprise Lake Middle School about 8 a.m. Monday when he started to have medical problems on Milton Way.

Two students on the bus sprang into action.

Jeremy Wuitschick steered the moving bus to the curb and shut the engine off. Johnny Wood also ran to the front of the bus to help out.

Wuitschick and Wood were interviewed about their actions in the Today show studio in New York City. Read about their appearance here.

Green said his cousin was funny, charismatic and enjoyed sports. He grew up in Texas and had been stationed at Fort Lewis. Callis decided to stay in the Tacoma area after his deployment ended.

Callis was married and had two sons and a daughter.

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