Bus driver praised for act of kindness after helping woman in wheelchair, children safely cross busy street

A VIA driver is being thanked for helping a woman in a wheelchair and two children cross a busy road (Credit: Facebook)

People are applauding a bus driver for leaving his vehicle to help a woman in a wheelchair and her two children cross the street at a busy intersection.

Johnny Alvarez was a passenger on a bus in San Antonio, Texas on Friday morning when he witnessed the act of kindness. He captured a video of the driver, who he calls Mike, coming to the aid of a fellow passenger and posted it on Facebook.

“The San Antonio VIA operator Mike, got out of his drivers seat to help unbuckle this nice disabled lady from her seat belt,” his Facebook post reads. “He then assisted the nice lady off of the bus.”

While Alvarez did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, he wrote in his Facebook post that the street was “busy and dangerous,” and asked people to share the video to help Mike get recognition for going above and beyond.

“Just when I thought he was going to re enter the bus so he can continue his route, he immediately took initiative and decided to help the lady and her two young sons across the busy and dangerous street of Military Drive during some very intimidating traffic, and then across another small little intersection until they reached their bus stop destination,” he wrote.

People took to the comments section to thank Mike, many pointing out that VIA Metropolitan Transit, the mass transit agency in San Antonio, should reward him for his excellent work.

“What an AWESOME guy,” one person wrote. “I've ridden on bus for many years and we need more compassionate drivers. way to go MIKE.”

Another wrote, “God bless this man, thank you for caring for your passenger and her children. I hope you get a raise and the recognition you deserve. I love when positive things are shared this world is too often focuses on the bad.”

“That was so nice of him to take the lady and children across the street,” someone else added. “You hardly see many people like him doing that. Please give him an award for being a part of the Via Bus Team.”

VIA Metropolitan Transit did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, but said in a statement to San Antonio news station KSAT, “It is customary for operators who maintain this level of customer care to receive a letter of commendation from their supervisor. That’s likely what will happen here.”

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