Bus driver Paddy hailed a hero after saving passenger's life
A local bus driver has been awarded the Bus Éireann Hero of the Year award for saving the life of one of his passengers.
On September 11th 2018, during a routine pit stop at Carrick-on-Shannon Paddy discovered that a passenger had not re-boarded the bus and had accidentally slipped into the River Shannon beside the bus stop.
He immediately sprung to action, rushed down to the riverbank and pulled the man back to safety while up to his waist in water. After this courageous act, Paddy got back in the driver seat and completed his bus journey. Bus Éireann has held its inaugural GEM ('Go the Extra Mile') Awards for its staff, in acknowledgement of the hard work, outstanding service and dedication of its employees across the country.
Awards were issued in a number of different categories including Hero of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, Craftworker of the Year, Driver of the Year, Employee of the Year, Engineering Operative of the Year, Health and Safety, Innovation and Efficiency and Part-time School Bus Driver of the Year.