- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis elementary school principal who was struck and killed by a school bus while pushing students to safety was remembered at her funeral as a loving leader who always put children first.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett told those who filled St. Luke’s Methodist Church that Susan Jordan was a hero long before she died Tuesday while trying to protect students after a school bus jumped the curb outside Amy Beverland Elementary School, fatally striking the 69-year-old principal and injuring two students.

“She was a hero because she dedicated her entire life to you and the many who came before you,” Hogsett said, speaking to Jordan’s students. “She did that, she made that sacrifice, because she like all teachers believed deep in her heart something about you. She believed you would make the world a better place.”

Jordan had been principal for the school for 22 years. The bus driver and third-grade teacher Debbie Thie said they saw Jordan push children to safety as she tried to move away from the oncoming bus that had been sitting in a line of buses as school was being dismissed.

Police are investigating what caused the bus to lurch forward.

Lawrence Township Schools Superintendent Shawn Smith described Jordan as an extraordinary educator. He said he always looked forward to his meeting with Jordan because she was so enthusiastic and full of energy and her passion was her students.

“When you walked in the building she knew every student, and I’m not just saying that folks. She knew every student,” he said. “That staff was molded in her image - an image of kids first and where they loved and cared for each other and every individual connected with that school.”

Her daughter, Lisa Jankowski, thanked those at the service, saying she and her sister, Amy Dinwiddle, were honored by the show of support for their mother.

“She would be floored by all of this, floored,” she said. “She wasn’t a spotlight lover. She loved to shine the light on others. Because that’s what she did her entire life. She was always cheering, always supporting, always quietly bringing out the best of people.”

Gov. Mike Pence ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Marion County in Jordan’s memory.

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