MetroBus operators Bryant Goston, Richard Hines and Bryan Moore were recognized for their acts of heroism at the Bi-State Development (BSD) Board of Commissioners meeting February 26. The commissioners, BSD President and CEO John Nations, Metro Transit Executive Director Ray Friem and others in attendance celebrated the three men for going beyond the call of duty to risk their lives to help save the lives of four people trapped inside an overturned vehicle engulfed in flames.
“With MetroBus, we have 1,300 sets of eyes out there every day, traveling through the region and seeing things,” said Friem. “Sometimes, they are spurred into action to save lives. We are very proud to give these gentlemen special recognition today.”
On the morning of February 5, 2016, MetroBus operators Goston, Hines and Moore were taking their break at the Riverview Transit Center in North St. Louis when they heard the unmistakable sound of two vehicles colliding. They saw that one of the cars involved in the accident had overturned and was on fire, trapping four people inside. Goston, Hines and Moore immediately grabbed the fire extinguishers from their buses and jumped into action. They pulled the victims from the burning car, quickly extinguished the flames, and moved bystanders away from the scene to safety as they contacted emergency responders.
“It is heartwarming and inspiring that in this day and age, when an incident like this happens, we have people who by instinct run toward it rather than away from it,” said Nations. “These men represent the very best of our organization, and we are privileged to have them serving our communities.”
MetroBus operator Bryant Goston has been with Metro transit for 11 years and currently drives the #61 Chambers MetroBus route. MetroBus operator Richard Hines has been with Metro transit for 11 years and drives both the #70 Grand and #90 Hampton MetroBus routes. MetroBus operator Bryan Moore has been a MetroBus operator for 25 years and drives the #36 Spanish Lake MetroBus route.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 391 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 76 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park; the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Regional Freight District.