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Special needs students thank Rockton FIre Fighters


We often teach our kids the importance of saying thank you but for some that is harder to "say" than others. A group of special needs students did just that as they reached out to a group of first responders who helped them when their school bus crashed.

"Thank you for making me feel calm," reads one student from his thank you note.

It's not easy to express how you feel to people who helped you in a time of need for this group of special needs students the challenge is even greater.

"They have expressive language issues so that's why we work with them and try to get that out," says Phill Floro, Winnebago County Special Education Co-op teacher.

Some of the kids from the co-op went to Rockton Fire station to send a special message to some of the men and woman who helped them a month ago. The school bus the students were riding in flipped over after police say they were hit by a car. Roscoe Fire chief Kirk Wilson was first on the scene. When he saw the bus he thought the worst. Even though most of the injuries were minor, some of the language issues made it a little harder for the paramedics to figure that out.

"It's little more difficult especially when you dealing with students with special needs because there is more one on one time," says Chief Wilson.

The rescuers did not leave the children when they were sent to the hospital. Some stayed with them a few hours until all the parents arrived. The teachers say even though the accident was traumatic it is the fire fighters the kids talk about most.

"You were determined to help us."

"The paramedics were courageous when they took me away to the hospital."

"Thank you for being nurturing when I was trying to get out."

"When they come and give back and let the responders know how much they are appreciated that truly does mean a lot of us," says Chief Wilson.

Besides thanking the fire fighters the students got to tour the station and get a lesson in fire safety.

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