Bus Driver Saves Homeless Man's Life
It was one year ago that an Edmonton bus driver was being applauded for helping a homeless man get out of the icy elements, possibly saving the man's life.
While on his regular route, Derek Bailey, a driver with the Edmonton Transit Service, came upon a man who appeared to be in trouble. Bailey said he saw a man who looked very pale. He was slumped over in a bus shelter.
The man had icicles hanging from his beard.
“The weather outside was about -30 C, -32 C… It was extremely cold that morning,” Bailey said. “Essentially he was frozen.”
Bailey encouraged the homeless man to get on the bus. It was then that Bailey believed the man was in a moderate to severe stage of hypothermia. Bailey convinced the man to let him call an ambulance.
Being a former emergency medical responder, Bailey said he tried to help boost the man’s circulation by rubbing his hands.
“We see a whole different side of the city that often a lot of people don’t get to see. We see every walk of life on a bus… The homeless person that is just trying to survive on the street."
The Edmonton Transit Service issued a statement praising the driver’s actions.
“Derek’s actions are a great example of our ETS operators going above and beyond to help people in Edmonton,” the ETS said. “Derek took it upon himself to act quickly, and saved this man’s life.
“We’re so proud of Derek’s quick actions, and ETS inspector Ross Cruthers who helped Derek by quickly arranging medical assistance. Derek and Ross both did a tremendous job and we’re very proud of their exemplary work.”
By Phil Heidenreich
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