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Red Cross Joins City In Recognizing Life-Saving Bus Drivers

Kalamazoo Red Cross, Lifesaving Bus Drivers Photo
We are committed to preparing all our community’s citizens.

Photo Courtesy: Kalamazoo Gazette

The Red Cross of Greater Kalamazoo plans to publicly acknowledge two Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus drivers who administered CPR on a bus and helped save a woman’s life.

Drivers Debby Kerr and Donna Wright took action back on December 14, 2012, when a passenger on the bus started having heart problems. Wright and Kerr contacted emergency responders, placed the woman on the floor and began doing CPR. Both women had CPR training several years ago, but never had to use it until this moment. Medical teams arrived and took the woman to a hospital, and the bus drivers later learned the woman survived in part because of their efforts.

The American Red Cross of Greater Kalamazoo will recognize both Kerr and Wright along with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at the Kalamazoo City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall on 241 W. South Street. They will be presented with a certificate of appreciation and a voucher for updated CPR training they are seeking.

“The Red Cross Chapter is pleased to provide these local heroes with the updated training they desire,” said Lisa Bonney, Chapter Executive of the Red Cross of Greater Kalamazoo. “We join the community in thanking these ladies for their quick action, and hope that everyone takes a cue from them by updating their CPR certification, because you never know when an emergency will occur. We are committed to preparing all our community’s citizens.”

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.