Bus Driver Likely Saved a Passenger’s Life With Act of Kindness
May 3rd, 2021
Bus drivers get to meet a lot of people every day. This also gives them the chance to help their passengers who are in need. And now that the summer is in full swing, the hot temperatures are becoming a huge problem. Walking under the heat of the sun is not advisable. That is why for others, bus rides are their option to commute.
Some are aware that they should be prepared when stepping out into the heat. But sometimes, no matter how prepared we are, the excruciating heat can still take a toll on us.
One time, a Nevada bus driver, Mike Blair, saw an elderly man struggling in the 105-degree temperature. Blair was on his regular route when he noticed the gentleman at one of his last stops. He stopped but the man wouldn’t board the bus. But he also noticed that he was in distress. He was grasping the wall so Blair immediately jumped into action.
Blair got off the bus and went to check on the man. He helped him onto the bus and sat him in a seat right by the air conditioner. Then the driver grabbed a cool bottle of water from his lunch box and gave it to the man. This somehow helped him cool down.
Blair went on to continue his trip. After 10 minutes, the man reached his stop. But before exiting the bus, he thanked the driver for his help. As it turned out, the man that Blair helped was 92 years old. He probably knew that without Blair’s quick thinking, he wouldn’t have been okay without his help.
Blair didn’t think much of this moment. He probably was just glad that he was able to help his elderly passenger. What he didn’t know was that this entire exchange had been caught in pictures by another passenger who uploaded the photos onto Twitter and Reddit. And of course, this act of kindness will never go unnoticed. The photos quickly went viral!
Also, Blair’s act of kindness was recognized by the bus company he was working for, Keolis, and the Regional Transportation Commission. The company applauded him for his selfless act.
Blair said, “We’re all brothers and sisters. I think anyone would have done that.”
To extend and continue Blairs’ act of kindness, Keolis handed out 10,000 bottles of water to passengers that summer. They also trained their drivers to spot the signs of dehydration.
Keolis also threw him a small party to show their appreciation of his kindness. The company even framed a copy of the photo that went viral. Blair says that he just hopes his actions will also inspire others to do something kind for others.
There are plenty of ways for you to avoid heatstroke and dehydration during the hot summer months. According to Mayo Clinic, you do the following:
Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing.
Protect against sunburn.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Take extra precautions with certain medications
Never leave anyone in a parked car.
Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day.
So what are you waiting for? If you want to spread the message of kindness towards others today, be sure to share this heartwarming story with your family and friends.