DeSoto County bus driver credited with saving man's life

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - A DeSoto County bus driver is being credited with saving a man's life.

Codi Parks was going about her regular bus route Thursday morning, picking up DeSoto County students for school.

However, her route on this day turned out to be anything but ordinary.

"God puts you in the right place at the right time and I think that's exactly what happened," Parks said.

The Ries triplets ride with Parks on a regular basis. Their mom, Heather, came running out of their home in distress and said something was wrong with her husband Joey.

"She said she didn't think he was conscious and I said do you know CPR and she said no," Parks said.

While the children's grandmother watched more than 40 students waiting on the bus, Parks jumped into action and worked on Joey as they waited for paramedics.

"I ran into the house checked to see if he was breathing and checked his pulse, which was weak and had few breath sounds," Parks said.

Out of 400 drivers in the district, Parks is the only one going through nursing school and knew just what to do.

"I just stayed there by his side continued to stimulate him to wake him up and the paramedics walked in," Parks said.

After about 10 minutes, that potentially saved his life. Her students weren't even late to class.

"There wasn't ever a question of what I was going to do, I just knew that I had to help," Parks said.

The family said that Joey is expected to be released from the hospital Friday. They have no answers right now as to what was wrong, but the good news is he's OK.

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