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Bus driver who was told to drive bomb to police station receives bravery award

Leon Daniels, Surface Transport, Michelle Starrs  Gerry McKenna Hidden Hero, Karen Magill, Federation of Passenger Transport and Dympna McKenna, RSA NI pictured at the Federation of Passenger Transport, Northern Ireland (FPTNI) Annual Awards.

Leon Daniels, Surface Transport, Michelle Starrs  Gerry McKenna Hidden Hero, Karen Magill, Federation of Passenger Transport and Dympna McKenna, RSA NI pictured at the Federation of Passenger Transport, Northern Ireland (FPTNI) Annual Awards.

A Derry bus driver who showed great courage when bombers ordered to her drive a viable device to Strand Road police station has been given a special award.

Michelle Starrs was given the ‘Gerry McKenna Hidden Hero Award’ at the Federation of Passenger Transport, Northern Ireland (FPTNI) Awards.

In November 2013 Michelle was driving in Ballymagroarty when a masked man boarded her bus and ordered her to drive to Strand Road police station. She was told the bomb had been fitted with a two-hour timer.

Michelle drove a short distance to Northland Road, got her passengers off the bus and called the police.

Her actions were praised at the time by many including Chief Supt Steven Cargin.

Alan Young, Translink Service Delivery Manager said:

“Michelle is a true hidden hero for her actions in a security alert – she demonstrated great courage and is a perfect Ambassador for Translink. Her dedication and commitment for going above and beyond has been rewarded and I am very proud of Michelle.”

 
 
 

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