|Alex Bailey Source: Good News Network|
Have you ever been in a hurry to arrive at your destination on time and later discover once several minutes into your commute you’re headed in the wrong direction?
This was Jacqueline Mason’s nightmare. Mason was on her way to see her 79-year-old mom, Eileen McGrugan, who lives in a local assisted living community. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, visits at the nursing home were limited to pre-scheduled 30-minute time slots.
To Mason’s horror while en route to visit her mother, she realized she’d mistakenly gotten on the wrong bus and was going to miss her appointment.
Tearfully explaining her situation to the bus driver Alex “Alec” Bailey, Bailey jumped into help.
“I started crying, and I said, ‘I’m not too sure if I’m on the right bus,’” she told Sky News.
Bailey told BBC, “When the woman said to me she hadn’t seen her mum in a long time, it just hit my heart. A lot of people have suffered this year and you’ve seen on the news, people not able to see their mother or their father in the homes and it just struck a chord with me… I just said to myself, I have to get this woman as close as I can to that home.”
With the agreement of the other passengers, Bailey rerouted the bus to take Mason to her destination. By pure happenstance, a news crew was arriving at the assisted living facility to cover the rollout of COVID vaccinations in the U.K.
Despite not knowing Alex’s last name at the time, Mason conveyed her story to the local news crew.
Bailey continued the remainder of his bus route as normal, but wondered if Mason had reached her destination in time. Much to his surprise the story made the local evening news. Despite “the driver in question” not being named, the story had become an internet sensation.
When Bailey’s daughter saw the story on social media, she inquired if her dad was the bus driver that commandeered the bus to help Mason. Bailey confirmed and asked his daughter how she knew about it to which she informed her dad he was a social media hit.
The bus company operator, Translink’s CEO Chris Conway and Stormont Transport Minister Nichola Mallon commended Bailey for “going above and beyond the call of duty.”
Despite being dubbed a hero, Bailey says at the end of the day, he was just trying to do the right thing.
Source: Good News Network