“I normally don’t ride that bus. It just so happened I got off work early, and I usually just hang with the kids and wait for the 5:50 p.m. lineup, but something just said go get on that bus and I did. She (Operator Simmons) pulled up and I said ‘I get to ride with you!’”
Shirley, who has been friends with Op. Simmons for over 30 years, boarded the #4 on February 7th from the Robert K. Pfaff Transit Center. The bus was traveling down West Market Street at approximately 5:30 p.m. when Shirley recognized that Op. Simmons needed medical attention.
“We were laughing and talking about my daughter’s wedding and she kept saying ‘I don’t feel good’ and I kept telling her to pull over and she pulled the bus over safely. I didn’t panic.”
Shirley helped Op. Simmons safely stop the bus and put it in park. She then flagged down another bus that was passing through the area. The operator pulled her bus over and immediately contacted a METRO Road Supervisor who then called 911.
“I thank God that other driver came. It was so scary. It could’ve gone so different.”
Today, METRO’s Communications & Marketing Department surprised Shirley at her workplace with flowers and gifts of appreciation.
“Thank you so much. You made my day.”