The duo became overnight superheroes and “ideal employee duo” for almost 20,000 drivers and chauffeurs of the BEST company. Management has asked all drivers and conductors to follow in their footsteps and provide selfless service to the 29 lakh bus commuters in the city.
“I have always prioritized commuters, especially the elderly, women and students. I make sure the bus stops closer to the stop and don’t step on the accelerator until all the passengers are on board,” said Jogeshwari resident Dane, who is happy that his son and daughter be proud of his noble deed.
For Lohar, who has been a conductor for 32 years, the phone rings constantly with supporters and relatives who congratulate him. “We just took the call to rescue the boy within seconds and also consulted with a senior BEST staff member at a nearby bus stop. He gave us the signal to evacuate the bus and take the boy and his mother to the nearby hospital in Shivaji Park. Dane is a dev manus (good soul); he acted quickly driving safely to the hospital,” he said.
Lohar added that while he was willing to donate all the money he had to the hospital for the boy’s admission, it was not necessary. “Hospital staff were kind enough to admit him and treat him properly. His mother was happy that we helped. And today, our colleagues and a few outsiders are inspired by our actions. Lohar has a daughter and a son; the latter is preparing for an entrance examination to medicine.