Birmingham bus driver is a hero
National Express West Midlands Perry Barr driver Desmond Johnson with West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
Perry Barr bus driver Desmond Johnson has won an Outstanding Act of Good Citizenship Award from David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The PCC said:
“My awards are an opportunity to highlight some truly exceptional people. Either through dedicated work or inspirational acts they have all helped to make our region a much better place.”
Desmond was nominated for helping to save the life of teenager who was thrown under his bus after being hit by a passing car. After making the scene safe, Desmond crawled under the bus and looked after the youngster until the paramedics arrived.
Desmond explains what happened:
“He had some serious injuries, but I just kept him distracted - talking about football and music until the ambulance arrived. I just acted instinctively and did what any parent would do for a child in distress. I know that all of my colleagues would have done the same.
“The great news is that I hear he has since gone on to make a full recovery.”
Madi Pilgrim, Director of HR for National Express, said:
“Everyone at National Express is very proud of Desmond. He kept calm and did the right thing.”
Desmond’s heroic act meant he was interviewed by Midlands Today - the local BBC TV news programme.
“I was more nervous about that than anything else! I just couldn’t believe it when my name was called out as a winner.”