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Miami Bus Driver Saves Third Life in 2 Years

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Laronda Marshall doesn’t just drive a bus – she saves lives.

Last week she was working a route north of Miami when a passenger noticed another rider who appeared to be sick and slumped over. Marshall quickly discovered he was non-responsive.

She secured her bus, contacted dispatch for assistance and aided the passenger. Other riders helped lower the non-responsive man to the floor and Marshall administered chest compressions until first responders arrived.

The man survived.

“The paramedics told me that if I hadn’t immediately jumped in, he would have passed away by the end of the line,” Marshall said.

It was the third time Marshall saved a life in the past two years.

The first was in November 2017, when Marshall saw an injured pedestrian on the road. She secured the scene by parking her bus to shield the person from further injury. Marshall remained on the scene and comforted the man until police and paramedics arrived.

Just one month later, Marshall noticed a small girl alone in the middle of a busy street. Marshall stopped and escorted the child to the safety of her bus.

“Operator Marshall is an exemplary employee who goes above and beyond her duties,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works. “She places the wellbeing and safety of those she serves as top priority. We are extremely proud of Operator Marshall and are grateful for her professionalism, heroism and her willingness to serve others – even in challenging situations.”

According to Miami-Dade County Transportation and Public Works, Marshall once worked as a certified nursing assistant and has a mindset for helping others.

“I have a love for people, and my instinct is to jump in and help,” Marshall said. “I really feel everybody should learn CPR because it could save a life, especially in transit.”

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