RTC bus driver performs random act of kindness for 92-year-old man
It was a random act of kindness that almost went unnoticed — the good-deed-doer thought no one was looking.
For the last five years, Mike Blair has been a bus driver for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. Blair is contracted by Keolis.
Mike Blair is being regaled as a hero after his quick observations saved an elderly man’s life. the bus driver, was making his rounds as usual when he came to a stop and noticed everyone boarded except an older man.
The 92-year-old had been outside in the heat for a while, and with a 110-degree temperature, it’s no wonder he had begun to experience negative effects.
That’s when he got a look at the 92-year-old’s face and sprung into action.
The man was clearly in distress. After trying to reach for the wall, he gave up and looked at the driver. Blair quickly helped the man onto the bus. It turns out the senior citizen was suffering from a heat stroke. Heat strokes aren’t uncommon among senior citizens, but they can have life-threatening consequences.
Blair quickly retrieved the water bottle that he had packed in his lunchbox. He was so caught up in helping the senior citizen that he didn’t notice a passenger snap a photo of his kind deed. The person shared it on Twitter where it quickly went viral.
“This one gentleman, he didn’t board and he seemed like he started to grasp the wall there,” explained Blair. “I got him, sat down and I said, boy I gotta do something else. I had a bottle of water I brought in my lunchbox, so I got my lunch box out and gave him the bottle of water.”
The random act of kindness got the attention of another bus rider who snapped a photo.
Blair said he found out about the photo through a phone call from his boss.
“I was like, oh God. What did I do now?” he asked.
Francis Julien, the general manager for Keolis, said he couldn’t be prouder of Blair for his thoughtful action.
Blair was interviewed by a local news channel, which you can check out in the video below.