Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Shayne Pierre of Polson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today recognized Shayne Pierre of Polson, Montana for his exceptional heroism.  This past May, Shayne acted heroically when a drunk driver collided with a school bus. He helped save the entire bus and attended to the driver, despite sustaining injuries himself.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.


Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/content/contact-steve.

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:


     Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, I rise to recognize Shayne Pierre of Polson, MT as Montanan of the Week. This week, Mr. Pierre was given the rare honor of receiving the Colonel’s Meritorious Service Award from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol for his selfless acts to assist all victims of a drunk driving accident that occurred this past May.

     Shayne was riding the school bus home when the accident occurred. A speeding drunk driver caused a collision with school bus, injuring both Shayne and his fellow students on the bus. Upon noticing a gas leak on the pavement, Shayne quickly instructed all students to exit the bus. He also acted heroically when he ran to help the driver who caused the accident, despite the injuries Shayne himself had sustained.

     Shayne’s quick actions and selflessness deserve many thanks and for that, I want to recognize him. Through this incident, Shayne acted as a role model not only to the students on the bus, but to his classmates, peers and community. I am proud that he is a citizen of the great state of Montana and an example to all.