RTA Board of Directors to Honor Driver this Thursday
RIVERSIDE, CA — November 16, 2016 — A Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) coach operator is being praised for his quick thinking that helped two lost children return to their family --- an event that illustrates the fact that bus drivers do much more than move people from place to place.
Sergio Valenzuela was parked at the Riverside Downtown Terminal last week, waiting for people to board his Route 13 bus, when he noticed two young girls alone, pacing back and forth though the crowded transit hub.
As his customers filed into the bus, Sergio continued to keep his eyes on the two kids, hoping a parent or guardian would eventually show up. A few minutes later, with no parent in sight, Sergio had seen enough.
“I got out of my bus and walked over to these two little girls and asked them if they were okay,” he said. “They said they were waiting for their grandmother and they were pretty shaken up because they were alone.”
After hearing the story, Sergio called police to the scene, who were eventually able to reunite the five- and seven- year-old girls with their family.