Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Ali­son Bald­ing MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, July 15, 2015

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.

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