City Honors ABQ RIDE Bus Driver as Employee of the Week
Sounding more nonplussed than modest, Manuel Herrera has characterized what he did on the early morning of June 7 as just another night of work. But it was for his actions that morning that Herrera has received the City of Albuquerque's award as Employee of the Week for July 29-Aug. 2.
Around 12:30 a.m., while stopping his #66-Central bus eastbound near Wyoming, Herrera saw a man running toward his bus. First, the man tried to remove a bike from the bike rack. When Herrera told him no, the man jumped on the bus and refused to pay his fare. When this man refused to get off, Herrera called police and an ABQ RIDE supervisor.
While awaiting police, Herrera kept passengers safe and calm. That was until the suspect, 27 year old Jarod Baca, got into an argument with a passenger. After cutting the passenger's forearm, Baca ran off, only to be captured later by APD.
Herrera also tended to the injured passenger until that man could be taken for treatment. For his actions in the face of unpredictable danger, Manuel Herrera received the City's thanks.
From left: ABQ RIDE Director Bruce Rizzeri, Dianna Chavez, Manuel Herrera Jr, Manuel Herrera Sr and Mayor Richard J. Berry.