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
"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
"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.