“Group two may get on the bus,” said Mrs. Fidyk as she dismissed the last of the students. The students were all excited for the field trip to the landfill. But, they definitely didn’t see what they had coming for them, an experience they would tell to generations to come.

There was a party on the bus on the way to the landfill. One kid, Finn, was really rocking the house. When they pulled into the landfill parking lot, a red-haired woman got on the bus. She would be the “tour guide” for the trip. They were given the task of keeping track of all the times they used the numbers (1, 2, 3 etc.) to learn about the landfill. The trip then began.

About halfway through the tour, they learned about the landfill’s waste storage. They learned about methane and other explosive waste gasses that were being stored at the landfill. When there was nothing left to say about the landfill’s waste storage, the bus moved on. But, Finn noticed something that he couldn’t believe was in front of his eyes. A lit cigarette was lying next to the storage. Immediately he yelled for everyone to evacuate the bus and get as far away from the storage as possible. “Finn, what’s going on?” said Mrs. Fidyk, but there was no time to explain. A fire was starting to catch. Suddenly, Mrs. Fidyk noticed the fire. It was about to go down.

Once we were all off the bus, everyone was taken to the highest point possible. “Do not panic,” said Mrs. Fidyk. “We are going to take a head count, and everyone will be okay.” Then the teachers started counting how many people were there, and they realized there was a big problem. One student was missing. “Who isn’t here?” the teachers asked. Then a student said, “Where is Finn?”

(08) MAY 21STThe teachers’ eyes began scanning the group of students. To their disbelief, Finn wasn’t to be seen. Then Mrs. Fidyk looked down the hill, where the fire was starting to spread towards the landfill waste storage. Then she saw the other bus of students driving towards the fire. “Oh gosh” Mrs. Fidyk mumbled under her breath. Then she realized Finn was running towards that bus, and that he was trying to get them to evacuate and join the rest of the students. “I found Finn. We are going to have to hope he will successfully be able to get the other students up the hill,” Mrs. Fidyk said to the other teachers.

Soon after, Finn directed the students off the bus. They quickly made their way up the hill. By this point, the fire was really starting to catch, and there was no avoiding an explosion. The students and staff were in full belief that everyone would be okay. But they didn’t realize that Finn was still at the bottom of the hill, checking that everyone was off the bus, and, that the fire was only a few feet from the storage. Finn got off the bus and was sure now everyone was off the bus. But it was too late for him to save himself. The fire had caught the waste storage. The gases, like methane, that were explosive, blew up, and everything that wasn’t on the hill, lost life.

A ceremony was held in honor of Finn’s braveness and his sacrifice for the students and staff. He was viewed as a hero to the entire country. The news was raging about the story. It was as if there was a plague of sorrow that had infected the whole school. He would be missed but remembered. He would not be remembered as a hero, but as a selfless and genuinely dedicated STEM student.

Later, cigarettes were banned in America and the President held a funeral for Finn. That is the story of the hero who was Finn Beaubien.

Sixth grader Finn Beaubien, Central Middle School, Anne Arundel County, writes stories about himself when he’s not busy exercising his incredible soccer talent.