A Madison bus driver in Wisconsin is being called a hero after a car fire on his route earlier this week.
Transit operator Vincent Hopkins says every shift is different, driving for metro transit, but what happened Monday night in front of Memorial Union on Langdon Street, was a first.
“There was a car that pulled up and it was smoking and the lady asked for help, Hopkins said. “I went over to her and I could immediately smell the fire, the burning rubber. The interior door wouldn’t open from the inside so I opened it from the outside for her. There was another lady on the inside of the car. I woke her up and there was an infant in the back got them all out and got them all on the bus.”
From the bus, Hopkins called dispatch to report the fire. Before crews arrived, Hopkins grabbed a fire extinguisher from the bus and tried to put out the fire.
“It ignited back up after I emptied the fire extinguisher on it, then the fire department showed up,” Hopkins said. “I don’t think I’m a hero… I appreciate it but this is everyday operations, part of the job. We’re out here on the streets to serve the public and we gotta keep our eyes open.”
Metro Transit marketing manager Mick Rusch says drivers serve as a resource to their community.
“It makes me personally very proud to work here to hear about these things,” Madison said. “If there’s something going on and you see a bus and you need some sort of assistance our drivers will help you. They are really close in touch with the police department. We can get the police there and the fire department there.”