The Bible not only saved Rickey Wagoner’s soul—it also saved his life when he was attacked recently.

The 49-year-old bus driver in Dayton, Ohio, had pulled his bus to the side of the road when he was attacked by three teenage boys. According to a Feb. 26, 2014, story at, three gunshots were fired at Wagoner—two aimed at his chest, and a third which struck his leg. “Wagoner attempted to wrestle the pistol from one of the teens after being shot in the chest, but the gun went off during the altercation. A second teen then stabbed him in the arm with a knife while a third kicked and punched him.

“After being stabbed in the arm, Wagoner pulled out an aluminum pen that he carried for self defense and jabbed the teen attacker in the leg. The three boys then began to run away.”

“I’ve been hit in the leg,” Wagoner told a 911 dispatcher. “My chest feels like I’ve been hit with a sledgehammer.”

The good news is the bus driver had been struck in the chest twice by bullets, but both landed in a New Testament, which he recently had started carrying in his pocket.

“The two bullets were stopped by the New Testament book in his chest pocket,” Sgt. Michael Pauley told reporters. “There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident, because he probably should not be here.”

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