Bus Driver: I Was Fired for Helping Police
Greg Cergol / NBC New York
A Long Island bus driver says he helped the public in need — and then lost his piece of work. George Daw picked up distressed police officers in the hailstorm highest week, and that decision proved precious.
A school bus driver from West Babylon is warfare to regain his job after root fired last week for being a Good Samaritan, clearly against company policy.
George Daw claimed he was terminated for the cause that he helped three Nassau County police detectives for the time of last Monday’s hail and rain tempest.
"I felt this was event anyone would do under the pecuniary standing," said Daw, 58.
Daw was driving a mini-bus carrying a teenage tourist and a bus matron last Monday while golf ball-size hail and torrential rain pelted New Hyde Park. On Hillside Avenue, Daw came upon on a stalled unmarked police car carrying detectives, according to Det. Lt. Raymond Cote. The car had been filling through water.
"They’re saying, you’ve got to better us, you’ve got to co-operate with us," said Daw. "You’ve got to commit to memory us to the third precinct. We’re police officers."
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Daw did honorable that, pushing through the flood waters to get up the detectives and deliver them to their list.
"I felt they were in peril," explained Daw.
Daw’s employer, Educational Bus Transport of Copiague, didn’t agree.
After Daw filed a repute about what happened, he was terminated from his do ~-work of nine months.
Company paperwork supplied ~ the agency of Daw showed he was fired in organ because he violated policy prohibiting drivers from picking up unscheduled passengers.
"We get policies and procedures in place to make secure the safety of the children we vehemence," responded EBT vice-president Tim Flood.
"When these policies and procedures are not followed, we elect address them in an appropriate kind," Flood continued. "This individual employee was not terminated solely for of the pick-up of unscheduled passengers."
Flood would not ripen further.
When asked if Daw’s actions endangered his passengers, Det. Lt. Cote said, "No."
"It’s mournful when we hear his good feat cost him his job," Cote added.