A Maple Ridge bus driver is being hailed as a hero after pulling a man from a ditch last week while at work.
Richie Stanley, a driver for 34 years, was driving the No. 701 bus westbound along Harris Road on Oct. 1, when a man that looked to be in his late 20s boarded at around 9:55 p.m. at Harris and Ford roads.
The passenger became agitated and eventually had a seizure. When the bus driver went to help the passenger fled the bus on busy Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam. The bus driver and passengers tracked the man to a steep ditch in front of First Memorial Funeral Services.
“He couldn’t hold onto it for very long. His strength definitely seemed to be fading,” said Stanley, who managed to pull him up only a little bit before the man let go.
When the man slipped briefly underwater, Stanley scrambled down the steep embankment and grabbed onto his wrists, managing to get his head and chest out of the water with a lot of tugging.