Bus driver’s bravery honoured by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
West Midlands PCC David Jamieson with National Express West Midlands driver Garry Williams
National Express West Midlands bus driver Garry Williams has been presented with a runner-up award at the annual Outstanding Citizen Awards, for saving the life of a vulnerable pedestrian.
Garry, 48, from Tipton has been a driver for National Express West Midlands for nearly four years. In January this year he was driving the 5 service to West Bromwich and helped to save the life of a suicidal man.
As Garry approached a bus stop he noticed a man standing in the road up ahead. He was acting strangely and looked distressed. Moments later he tried to throw himself under Garry's bus.
Thankfully the quick-thinking bus driver managed to narrowly avoid the man.
But as Garry pulled over to the side of the road he noticed the man had got up and was trying to throw himself in front of another vehicle.
At that point Garry noticed he was wearing a hospital wristband and heart monitor pads. It was clear he was unwell. Recognising that the man needed treatment, Garry loaded him safely on to his bus and drove him to the nearby Sandwell General Hospital.
David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
"These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the bravery, dedication and outstanding work of so many members of our communities.
"This year it was particularity tough to choose and decide on the winners due to the high calibre of nominees. They have all done something amazing. It is wonderful for the West Midlands to celebrate its achievements.
"It never fails to astound me the number of citizens who go out of their way just to do the right thing by their community.
"Garry went above and beyond his duty to avoid a serious incident and put the safety of others before himself. He is a credit to the National Express team, and a testament to the sense of community and selflessness evident in the West Midlands."
Tom Stables, National Express West Midlands Managing Director, said:
“Garry is an asset to our business. He went the extra mile to protect a vulnerable person and get him the help and support that he needed.
“He’s a real hero and we’re really pleased that his courageous efforts were recognised and celebrated at the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Awards ceremony.”
Bus driver Garry Williams said:
"I am honoured to have been nominated for the Outstanding Citizen Award. Although it was a terrifying experience, I’m glad that I was able to help the gentleman in a small way.
"I am also thankful my actions prevented other drivers from being traumatised by the man jumping in front of their vehicle."
Last year, National Express West Midlands bus driver Desmond Johnson was given an ‘Act of Outstanding Citizenship Award’ by the PCC, for helping to save the life of a boy who was hit by another vehicle. He kept the boy conscious until the air ambulance arrived and was critical in helping the youngster as he fought for his life.