Originally published in All Christian News.com
A bus driver in Dayton, Ohio, is crediting the fact that he is still alive, to a miraculous intervention from God. The man was attacked, on his bus, by three teenagers last Monday.
Reportedly, the 49-year-old Christian bus driver, Rickey Wagoner, was experiencing electrical problems while driving the city bus and decided to pull over to check it out. That was the start of his ordeal, because shortly after he was attacked by three teenage boys.
The incident happened in the early hours of the morning, around 5:20 a.m., therefore Wagoner had no one to come to his rescue and was left at the hands of the three teens. That is until God intervened and saved his life with a New Testament Bible.
Reportedly, the seemingly random attack on Wagoner had been part of an initiation ceremony for the teens to enter a gang, because the frightened bus driver heard one of them say that another of the gang should “kill the polar bear,” to be fully initiated.
Apparently polar bear is gangland slang for the random attack on unsuspecting victims, similar to another attack on victims, the “Knockout Game,” performed on people in other parts of the U.S.
During the attack, Wagoner was shot twice in the chest, but the bullets were stopped short of seriously injuring him by the Bible in his chest pocket. The brave bus driver was then shot once in the leg as he tried to fend off his attackers.
According to Dayton Police Department Sgt. Michael Pauley, “The two bullets were stopped by the New Testament book in his chest pocket.” He continued, “There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident, because he probably should not be here.”
Wagoner was also stabbed in the arm by one of his attackers, while another repeatedly punched and kicked him. The attackers only ran off when he returned the attack by stabbing one of them in the leg with an aluminum pen he kept in his pocket.
The attacker brandishing the gun dropped the weapon as he fled and Wagoner picked it up and fired after the fleeing teenagers. He then called 911 to report the incident and receive medical attention.
Although Wagoner was hospitalized for his injuries, he is expected to recover without serious permanent injuries. Police are still searching for any information about the whereabouts of the three teenage attackers.