A bus driver in Ohio is giving thanks to God after being attacked on Monday morning. The Bible that he keeps in his shirt pocket took two bullets to the chest, saving the driver's life and giving him even more faith in divine intervention.
Rickey Wagoner, 49, was standing outside his bus when he was shot and stabbed by three men. The men fired three shots, two of which were absorbed by the Bible, and another struck him in the leg.
"The two bullets were stopped by the New Testament book in his (shirt) pocket," Sgt. Michael Pauley of the Dayton Police Department told Dayton Daily News. "There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident, because he probably should not be here."
Wagoner was working on his bus when the three men approached. One man fired the two shots, which hit him in the chest but caused no permanent damage thanks to the Bible. Wagoner then attempted to wrestle the gun away from the shooter, but the gun went off, and a bullet hit him in the leg. Another suspect then stabbed Wagoner in the left arm with a knife.
"I stabbed one in the leg with my pen," Wagoner told dispatchers. "He hollered and that's when they all ran." Wagoner believes that the incident may have been part of a gang initiation and told police he heard one suspect utter the phrase, "if you want to be all the way in the club," but police say "it's way too early in the investigation" to make such a judgment.
"Amazingly, his injuries are not life-threatening," Pauley said. "He basically said he fought for his life."
"Dad is doing good now and my family and I are just lucky he is still alive," Wagoner's son, Ricky Wagoner Jr. posted on Facebook.
Friends and family say that God has always been on Wagoner's side and they're not surprised things worked out this way for the believer.