Cincinnati Metro

OH: Metro Bus Driver Honored with CEO's STAR Award

A Metro bus driver who helped a pedestrian who was injured when he fell in the street was recently recognized for his quick and helpful actions.

Metro CEO Terry Garcia Crews presented the CEO’s STAR Award to operator Antonio (Tony) Lackey at the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority Board meeting on Feb. 18.

On Jan. 30, Lackey’s Rt. 4 bus was stopped at a red light when he noticed a young man fall on ice and hit his head in the crosswalk at 5th and Main Street in downtown Cincinnati. Lackey stopped the bus, called Metro’s dispatch for emergency assistance, and quickly went to assist the young man. He brought the young man, who was bleeding, onto the warm bus to wait for medical assistance to arrive. Other passengers were transferred to another bus to reach their destination.

The young man’s parents called to commend the bus operator for his response. In addition, Kevin Cade, a passenger on the bus, submitted a Letter to the Editor to the Cincinnati Enquirer to appreciate the driver’s “thoughtful, kind and considerate act.”

Lackey, a Springfield Township resident, has been a Metro driver since 1988. He has won numerous awards including a “Best Attitude” award in 1988, Operator of the Month, and numerous commendations from passengers.

The STAR Award for “Service That Attracts Recognition” is a selective award is presented by, and at the sole discretion of, Metro’s CEO. The award acknowledges and rewards employees who demonstrate exemplary service to Metro and the community.