Palm tree fire

She just might save your house.  A bus driver in St. Petersburg Florida stopped his bus to put out a fire in a burning tree and potentially save a house in the process.  The PSTA (Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority) serves the Tampa area and offers the colorful Suncoast Beach Trolley.

The story should remind each of us to thank our public transportation operators whenever possible.  We would certainly thank our taxi drivers and friends for a ride.  Driving a public transportation vehicle can be more taxing than it first appears.  There are a lot of pressures that go along with operating vehicles that can cost hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars, filled with dozens of passengers (who can be loud and unruly), all while observing the rules of the road/rail.  A “thank you” can go a long way.  Operators are frequently stressed out and passenger interactions can be difficult, to say the least.  A sign of appreciation and recognition of the driver as another person can help ease stress all around.

After all, you never know, the driver might put out a fire for you!

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