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Bible May Have Saved Bus Driver

DAYTON, Ohio (WKRC-TV) -- A bus driver is recovering Monday night after being attacked on the job.
He would have been killed but for a little divine intervention.

It is said that faith can move mountains; now it appears it can also stop bullets.

"I'm a bus driver at RTA.  I got shot," Rick Wagoner said.

By the time bus driver Rick Wagoner was able to call for help, he had already been shot, stabbed, and forced to fight for his life.  Wagoner was on his route Monday morning when his bus suddenly stopped due to a mechanical problem.  That's when he says he was approached by three men who had no intention of letting him live.

"He was shot three times and also stabbed but amazingly his injuries are non life threatening," Stg. Michael Pauley said of the Dayton Police Department.

The bus surveillance camera was rolling when Wagoner was attacked.

The bullets hit Wagoner in the chest.  But when he looked down, there was no blood.

"I just looked at the chest.  It just feels like I've been hit by a sledge hammer.  I've got a book in my pocket and I don't think they made it through the book."

That book was none other than the Good Book.  Police say Wagoner was carrying "The Message Bible" in his breast pocket.  It stopped the bullets from hitting his chest.

When Wagoner realized what happened, he did not turn the other cheek.  Instead, he turned the tables on his attackers.

"Got the knife and the gun away from them.  They started running and I shot at them," he said.  "Yes, with their gun.  I got their gun and their knife in the bus with me."

The three suspects got away.  Police believe the trio wanted to kill Wagoner as part of a gang initiation.  Fortunately for him, the Bible really does save.

The bible is called a sword by the apostle Paul.  But the pen also helped save Wagoner's life.  That's because he stabbed one of his attackers with one that he had in his pocket. 

Wagoner is recovering Monday night in the hospital.

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