Earlier this year, 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick made headlines when he and fellow student, Johnny Wood, helped prevent an accident as their bus driver suffered a heart attack while driving. Jeremy got behind the wheel of the school bus and brought it to a safe stop while Johnny started to perform CPR on the driver. The story earned national attention for the two boys from Milton, Washington.
After the incident, Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound invited the boys and their families to visit the resort and see how its lifeguards learn how to react when dealing with a stressful situation, like the one they experienced on their school bus. During Jeremy’s stay, he took part in the Junior Lifeguard Program. He learned about Great Wolf Lodge’s lifeguard training program and CPR basics. Jeremy received a personalized sweatshirt from Great Wolf Lodge and an “Honorary Lifeguard” certificate. He then had a great timing howling with waterpark guests.
During his stay, Jeremy told us about the situation on his school bus and shared his thoughts from the experience.
Great Wolf Lodge: What was your first thought when you noticed something was wrong with your bus driver?
Jeremy Wuitschick: I thought, “This is so unusual.” I had never seen anything like that happen before.
GWL: How did you remain so calm?
JW: I didn’t know what to feel; my gut instinct took over and I just did what I did to help.
GWL: Were you surprised by all of the media attention you received?
JW: I was completely surprised! I had no idea our actions would get so much attention; we had no idea what to expect. I always dreamed about what it would be like to receive such attention but not during something tragic.
GWL: What has been the coolest thing to happen to you since the incident on your bus?
JW: I got to visit New York City with my mom! We stayed across from Central Park. I actually thought it would be like (in the movie) Madagascar 3 but it was completely different. I enjoyed taking pictures of Lady Liberty and Rockefeller Center.
GWL: Do you have any advice for other kids if they ever find themselves in a scary situation like you did?
JW: Expect everything. When something happens like that, expect everything because anything could happen.
GWL: As you got ready for your visit to Great Wolf Lodge, what were you most looking forward to?
JW: I couldn’t wait to see my mom go down the Howlin’ Tornado in the dark and scream. I also love the breakfast buffet in the Loose Moose Cottage! Give me bacon; bacon, bacon, bacon!
GWL: Has this experience made you think about what you want to be when you grow up?
JW: It would be fun to be a host on a show like “Top Gear” - driving cool cars and doing crazy stunts. But, if I were to be more logical about it, I’d say an accountant. I enjoy helping people and math.