Bannockburn Depot staff say thank you to hero school pupil
First Scotland East’s Bannockburn depot staff gave a special thanks to a brave teenage school pupil from Wallace High School, who sprang into action to come to the aid of a stricken bus driver.
Jessica Campbell, who is 15-years-old and a fifth-year pupil at Wallace High School, came to the aid of First Bus driver Martin Kustec, who felt unwell whilst on duty driving the 54 service heading towards Stirling on August 31st.
Martin followed protocol and radioed for assistance at a nearby bus stop after starting to feel unwell at the wheel. All passengers were transferred onto the next bus whilst Martin waited for medical attention and support colleagues to arrive.
Jessica decided she was not willing to leave Martin by himself whilst he was so unwell and stayed with him until the support staff and medical aid arrived. This pupil has gone the extra mile by ensuring that the driver was not alone in case he took a turn for the worst.
Thankfully the driver is now on the mend and no ambulance was needed, but everyone at the First Bus Bannockburn depot felt it appropriate to commend the actions of this brave young pupil for her actions that day. Driver Martin Kustec presented her with a bunch of flowers and a high street voucher as a thank you.
Jessica Campbell said: “I just felt like it was the right thing to do, it was instinct. God forbid things might have taken a turn for the worse if he was to be left on his own, so I made sure to stay with him until medical assistance and help arrived. I am just delighted to see him back to full health.”
Bannockburn Depot Operations Manager, Jim Burns, said: “It is truly touching that a young pupil would take time out of her day to ensure our employee wasn’t on his own and I cannot thank Jessica enough for her selfless act. It really does restore your faith in humanity when you hear of things like this happening and so we wanted to show our appreciation for her efforts.”