NFTA Transporter

Monday, March 18, 2013

Baby On Board


It’s never dull when operating a Metro bus.  Just ask Michael Bean, a veteran of 31 years behind the wheel. Mike, who operates out of Metro’s Babcock facility, was driving his bus in the vicinity of Seneca Street and Ryan Street on a cold January morning, when he observed something he knew wasn’t right.

What he saw was a 2-year old toddler dressed only in a shirt, diaper and wearing boots walking across Seneca Street.  Mike quickly parked and secured his bus and brought the child onto his bus and called Transit Police. 

Upon arriving at the scene, the police located the parents, who were in the vicinity.  The police determined there was no sign of parental neglect or abuse and the child was released back into the care of the parents.

Mike said, “This was not a typical day for sure.  When I saw the baby out in the cold with little to no clothes on, I knew I had to react quickly to keep it safe and warm.” 

In recognition of Mike’s quick thinking, he was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by George W. Gast, Chief, NFTA Transit Police department and Thomas George, Director of Surface Transportation. 

Nice job Mike.  We’re all proud of you.