Bus and coach drivers always there in emergencies

PSTA operator Don Dillon says he was only trying to help when he responded quickly to save a house from going up in flames.

PSTA driver saves home from fire
One stormy day in June in Pinellas County, FL, PSTA bus driver Don Dillon drove by a large palm tree burning after a lightning strike next to a home and immediately pulled over to report the fire to his dispatch. He then ran and knocked on the door, hopped the fence and banged on the back windows. Convinced the owners were not home, he grabbed a garden hose and headed for the burning tree, spraying the tree as units from the St. Petersburg Police and Fire departments arrived and quickly finished the job. Officers assured Dillon had he not acted so quickly the house could have burned.

A few minutes after the fire was out, the homeowner driving in from Tampa could not believe her eyes when she realized all the flashing lights were at her house. Informed of Dillon’s effort, she now has a new hero.

“I don’t know about that,” says Dillon. “I’m just glad I could help.”

Lancer Insurance Company regional manager, Alex Biro (left) and Virginia Coach owner Jim Counselman present Virginia Coach driver Lorenzo Moody, Sr. (right) with a commemorative plaque and cash award for his help with a stricken fellow driver.

Lancer Insurance awards Virginia first responder

Lorenzo Moody Sr., a driver for Virginia Coach , Purcellville, VA, acted quickly and decisively to help to save the life of a fellow coach driver. This past spring during a stop at Monticello, Charlottesville, VA, Moody was showing Robert Garth, a driver for Spirit Coach, Madison, AL, the inside of his coach when without warning Garth collapsed, claiming he could not move his legs.

Moody and another driver quickly stabilized the stricken driver and remained with him until the medical team from the University of Virginia Hospital arrived to counteract what appeared to be symptoms of a stroke.

Lancer Insurance Company, which insures both Virginia Coach and Spirit Coach, recently honored Moody for his life-saving actions with a plaque and cash reward given at the Virginia Coach headquarters.