MTA Bus Driver Andrew Camputaro. Photo courtesy of Monaster/New YorK Daily News.
It is safe to say that the last 7-10 days in the world of mass transit has not been kind to Staten Island. If it was not a story coming out about a high percentage of drivers calling out sick prior to a big winter storm, it was a story about a bus dispatcher doing so for 10 straight days while in Florida. However the tide has shifted a bit as a positive story has come out from the borough.
This past Thursday, MTA Bus Driver Andrew Camputaro earned the title of hero after saving a man from his burning SUV. Pete Donohue had more in this brief report:
A Staten Island bus driver was hailed a hero Thursday for helping a man escape from an SUV that burst into flames after a crash.
The SUV’s engine was engulfed in flames when NYC Transit driver Andrew Camputaro, 35, helped the man exit through a window Wednesday evening, Camputaro recalled Thursday.
“He was trying to figure out how to get out,” Camputaro said, adding the SUV was full of thick, black smoke.
Camputaro, a father of twin 3-year-old girls, said he first checked the back of the SUV for children before pulling the man to safety.
Click here for the complete report.
I would like to salute Mr. Andrew Camputaro for his heroic efforts. The next time people want to cast a negative opinion of the blue collar workforce of the MTA, they should remember stories like this that prove they are not the horrible people some make them out to be!
xoxo Transit Blogger