Collier County school bus driver saves woman during dog attack

Reporter: Michelle Alvarez
Fabian Golac helped to save a woman’s life in Collier County when he stopped his bus route to stop two large dogs from attacking her. (CREDIT: WINK News)

A school bus driver becomes a hero in the middle of his route.

Fabian Golac saved a woman and her poodle who were being violently attacked by dogs.

Golac started driving school buses three years ago.

One day, in January, his route through the Charlee Estate Neighborhood off the East Trail took a different turn.

“I picked the kids, I was going out and there’s a stop sign. So, I stopped the bus. On my left hand, it was a lady on the floor with two pit bulls on her. She was with a small puppy, small dog. And the dogs were trying to take the dog out. There was blood on her hands,” Golac said.

He immediately stopped the bus, and grabbed the fire extinguisher and began spraying the dogs.

“There were some people around. But you know, with dogs that size of dogs, you never know what to do. What helped me is the fire extinguisher,” he said.

After a couple of tries, Golac got the two dogs away, allowing the woman to make it to her home where she called 911.

“I hope she’s OK,” Golac said. “She was so stressed. She was crying.”

Golac got the kids to class.

“The kids was ‘this is my driver,’ they were, everything was happy. I feel so proud of those, they helped me because I was trying to breathe a little bit more. You know, I was so nervous,” Golac said.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office recently honored Golac with a certificate of appreciation.

“The only thing that I can say is let’s do our part when we have to do it,” Golac said.

He said he doesn’t see himself as a hero.

“You see so many problems in the school,” Golac said. “You see bullying, small things that you can help. If somebody, everybody, puts a little bit of help, this world is going to be better.”

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