Bus driver up for award after saving suicidal pedestrian
A courageous bus driver who narrowly avoided
colliding with a suicidal man has been nominated for
a prestigious award.
Garry Williams from Tipton, a
driver with National Express for over 3 years, was going
about his normal routine as he drove the number 5
bus along a busy dual carriageway on the way to
As Garry approached a
bus-stop he noticed a man standing in the road up
ahead. He was acting strangely and
looked distressed. Moments later he tried to throw
himself under Garry's bus.
Thankfully the quick-thinking bus
driver swerved and managed
to narrowly avoid the man.
But as Garry pulled over to the side of the road
he noticed the man had got up and was
trying to throw himself in front of another
At that point Garry noticed he was wearing a
hospital wristband and heart monitor. It was clear he was
unwell. Recognising the man needed treatment, Garry
loaded him on to his bus and took him to a nearby
Commending Garry's brave actions, David
Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner, said: "Garry demonstrated true courage in acting
quickly to prevent serious harm coming to a member of the
"He went above and beyond his duty to avoid a
serious incident and put the safety of
others before himself. I think Garry is a credit to the
National Express team, and a testament to the sense of community
and selflessness evident in the West Midlands. Garry
is a hero."
Speaking about the terrifying event, Garry
Williams said: "Human lives matter and I am
glad that I was able to help the gentleman in a small
"I am also thankful my actions prevented other
drivers from being traumatised by the man jumping in front of their
The Outstanding Citizens Awards take place
on 5th July.