Birmingham bus driver’s heroism recognised with award

Bus driver Desmond Johnson has been given an award for an 'Act of Outstanding Citizenship Award' at this year's West Midlands Outstanding Citizenship Award.

On September 1 2016, Desmond was driving his bus on service number 94 along the Coleshill Road when he witnessed a serious road traffic accident.

Desmond saw a young boy struck by another vehicle causing him (the young boy) to be thrown under his bus. Desmond immediately took action to secure the scene, call the authorities and to administer first-response support to the youngster which would later prove critical to keeping him conscious, calm and relaxed until the paramedics arrived on site to take over first aid.

Once the paramedics arrived onsite to take control, Desmond then safely moved the vehicle away from the injured youngster for possible air evacuation.

Desmond Johnson said:

"All I could remember was looking under the vehicle and seeing this kid with head injuries and lots of blood. I instantly got under the vehicle to support his head and neck and stem bleeding. The kid said that he could not feel his legs or feet but I continued to reassure him by talking and asking questions about what football team he supports, what music he likes… this seemed to calm him and take his mind off the seriousness of what was happening".

"Minutes seemed like hours but all I could think of was my own children and looking after them the same as I would for this kid… I could hear the sirens of ambulance and the helicopter hovering but could not see them until the paramedics came to my assistance under the bus.

"I'm pleased to hear the kid made a good recovery and that his parents were extremely grateful for what I did that day. It is something that I will never forget it. I would do it all again if I had to, even though I'm really not keen on the sight of blood"

David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

"In his service to the public as a bus driver, Desmond went beyond the call of duty when a critical incident happened. He showed tremendous leadership and calm in the actions that he took. This is our chance to say thank you to Desmond and to recognise the extraordinary behaviour that he displayed."

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday July 6th, 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. There six categories recognised for awards were: Outstanding Citizen, Outstanding Community Project, Outstanding Young Citizen, Outstanding Act of Good Citizenship, Active Citizens' Fund Project and Special Recognition Award.