BUS-BREAKER RUBY THORSBY’S PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA NOMINATION,
BRAVE BROKEN GLASS CRAWL
RUBY Thorsby’s brave escape from a bus she was left locked in earlier this year has earned her a nomination for a Pride of Australia Medal.
Her proud dad, St Marys’ Peter Thorsby, has put her Ruby for a Child of Courage Medal.
On March 27, Ruby, 5, used a red emergency hammer to break a window and crawl out over broken glass after she was left on a bus used to ferry children from early morning childcare to their schools.
Instead of getting off at Bennett Road Public School, the St Marys kindergarten student remained on the St Clair Out Of School Hours centre bus unnoticed by the driver. When the bus returned to the centre the driver locked the bus, leaving young Ruby trapped inside.
While investigations into how Ruby came to be forgotten and locked on the childcare bus are continuing, Mr Thorsby said he believed his daughter’s story served as a potentially lifesaving message to others.
“Ruby is just five years old and to think of how smart and brave she was to do what she did still amazes me,” Mr Thorsby said.
“I am so very proud of her – who knows how many lives have been saved because of her story?”
Mr Thorsby said Ruby’s story demonstrated a fiveyear-old could not be underestimated, and teaching children valuable skills of what to do in an emergency was vital.
He said her story was also a reminder to everyone who cared for a child to be vigilant and accountable.
Nominations for the Pride of Australia Medal close on Sunday.
Five-year-old Ruby Pearl, with dad Peter Thorsby, is a Pride of Australia nominee. Right: Our front cover of April 29.