CHESTERFIELD, MO. (KTVI) – Thursday night, the Parkway North Concert Band performed their Spring Concert live at the Purser Center on the campus of Logan College. Before the show, the faculty, students and parents honored the band director, Mark Linn, for his heroic actions while the band was on a Spring Break Trip in Florida in mid-March.
While riding a bus on a Florida Interstate at 6:30am, the driver of one bus passed out behind the wheel. One faculty member, Laura Glenn, alerted Linn of the driver slumped over the steering wheel. The bus, carrying more than 40 students, hit a guard rail and several cones in a construction zone. With his eyeglasses knocked to the floor, Linn grabbed the wheel, released the unconscious driver's foot from the accelerator and applied the brake, bringing the bus to a safe stop.
Only one injury was filed in the accident report. One student bumped her head on the window when the bus hit the guard rail. Shortly after the incident, the band boarded a different bus and proceeded to their concert, where Linn says they played as if nothing had even happened.
On Thursday night, students called Mark Linn a "hero". Many of them believe he saved their lives that morning. Band members say Mr. Linn is like their parent and always takes good care of them. Linn said he loves his students and knew he had to do something to protect them. He believes anyone else would have done what he did to protect the kids.
Both Mark Linn and Laura Glenn were presented gifts for their heroic instincts and brave actions that morning on the bus.