An Able-Ride bus driver was humbly thanked today by the disabled passenger he saved from a burning bus last week, and, honored for his heroics, by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
Jean Jeune, employed by NICE, was driving Cindy March and her health care aide, after a physical therapy session, when an odor of smoke filled the vehicle.
“Flames began shooting from its engine,” County Executive Mangano told those gathered at an emotional ceremony in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building. “Jeune then noticed that the vehicle’s wheelchair lift had lost its power, so with swift thinking, he carried the passenger off the vehicle moments before it was engulfed in flames.”
The County Executive presented Jeune with a proclamation, and named today in his honor.
March said that if not for the bus driver, she would not be here today. She said he was a hero.
Also attending the ceremony was: County Legislator Rose Walker; Director of the Nassau County Office for the Physically Challenged, Matt Dwyer; Mike Setzer, CEO of NICE Bus; and his administrators, and safety training team.
“Jean used all the safety and training knowledge he learned at NICE Bus,” Mangano said. “Today, we honor Jean as a Good Samaritan and proclaim this day in his honor. Congratulations Jean.”