ALBANY, NY. – A Capital District Transportation Authority bus driver was honored for saving a man's life on Wednesday.
The CDTA Board of Directors recognized Gerald Kehn for opening his bus door to a man fleeing from an attacker back in November. Kehn spoke to News10's Christine O'Donnell about the dramatic day.
He met up with her at the Madison Avenue bus stop near the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
Kehn said his goal is to get people from point A to B safetly. "A normal day is picking people up, bringing them to their jobs or home from their jobs, or to the store," he said.
But about two months ago, on November 25th, 2011, his "normal" day turned into a scene our of a movie.
"He bled pretty good he had walked to the back of the bus and I could see he was leaving blood trail wherever he moved," Kehn said.
Kehn was witnessing an attack. According to a police report, a young man got into an argument with someone on River Street in Troy. The young man was stabbed once in the stomach and tried to run. Kehn says he saw the man first run out to some cars passing for help, but when no one stopped he started towards the bus.
"I immediately opened the door and gave him shelter because I was trying to figure out how I could help him," Kehn said.
That's when Kehn says he started referring to some of his training, including protocols from the CDTA's Safewatch Program.
"It looked like he was going into shock and I directed him to calm down to slow his heart down so he would not bleed so fast. The supervisor showed up, the police and EMS who took him to the emergency room.
Spokeswoman for the CDTA Margo Janack says without Kehn's quick thinking there's a good chance the young man could have died.
"That's what Gerry did; he followed the Safewatch protocol to a tee," Janack said.
It's been several month's and Kehn says the young man still catches his bus from time to time.
"He gets on and I greet him like everyone else, we don't exchange any words. I keep an eye on him. I think he needs to change some of his lifestyle because trouble comes his way. This isn't the first time we've had something come up with him," Kehn said.