When you hear a story like this, it serves as a reminder that learning CPR is not only a great thing to do, but could mean the world of difference to someone when you least expect it. In this case, it was Joyce Gregory, 60, who is alive today thanks to the efforts of two bus drivers.
Driver Debby Kerr had just stepped off of the bus momentarily when she heard Joyce Gregory yell from on board, “I need help. My heart. My heart.” That’s when Kerr sprang into action. She quickly contacted her dispatcher to get emergency response, and went back to check on Gregory. “Her eyes were already rolling back and her head was dropping. I knew this lady was in trouble right then and there,” Kerr said.
A mentally challenged man, who is a regular rider, helped her keep Gregory from falling into the aisle, but soon realized that she was going to need more help until medical responders arrived. She knew that Coach Operator Donna Wright would be arriving shortly on her bus route, momentarily, and dispatched an oncoming passenger to summon Wright.