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.”
Published 26th July 2017