High school student Jeffrey Starck receives a lifesaving award presented to him by Lake Villa Mayor James McDonald and Lake Villa Police Chief Rochelle Tisinai on Monday. | Provided Photo

A student was given a lifesaving award on Monday after authorities say he helped stop a moving school bus when its driver became unresponsive in Lake Villa.

The Lake Villa Police Department said Jeffrey Starck, who they called a “local hero,” was given a lifesaving award on Monday during the Lake Villa Village Board meeting.

Starck, a high school student, was on a school bus with other students around 8:20 a.m. on February 20.

The bus driver began experiencing a medical emergency while driving and was rendered unresponsive.

Emergency crews respond to the Oakland Ridge subdivision in Lake Villa after the driver of a school bus suffered a medical emergency and the bus drove off the roadway on February 20, 2024. | Photo: Remi Merrill

Starck sprang into action by taking the steering wheel and maneuvering the bus onto a lawn in the Oakland Ridge subdivision.

Starck also pressed the brake and stopped the bus in front of a tree.

The entire incident happened in eight seconds, police officials said.

No one was injured and the bus driver was transported to a local hospital where he was later released.

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Emergency crews respond to the Oakland Ridge subdivision in Lake Villa after the driver of a school bus suffered a medical emergency and the bus drove off the roadway on February 20, 2024. | Photo: Remi Merrill

Starck’s “quick decisive actions” led to no one being injured during the incident.

“In a moment of crisis, when every second counted, Jeffrey took decisive action and showed unwavering courage. His selfless actions to save the lives of others is truly remarkable. He is a local hero,” Lake Villa Police Chief Rochelle Tisinai said.

Starck was presented the lifesaving award by Tisinai and Lake Villa Mayor James McDonald.