Long Island Bus Driver Fired After Rescuing 3 Police Detectives During Hail Storm

George Daw, Nassau County Cops Stunned By Educational Bus' Decision

WEST BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island school bus driver was called into his boss’ office expecting commendation. Instead, he said he was fired for helping three police officers stranded in a violent storm — and transporting them in his school bus.

School bus driver George Daw lost his job Monday in a firing flap that began during last week’s freak and violent hail storm. He was quite emotional when he spoke to CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

“Who wouldn’t be? It’s crazy,” Daw said.

Daw snapped pictures as a near-monsoon moved through New Hyde Park. Traffic was stopped, cars were submerged and drivers panicked.

Daw finally freed his yellow SUV school bus — with his one single child passenger aboard — amid sudden cries for help from three Nassau County police detectives.

“Do I leave these three police officers, due to company policy?” Daw said. “I didn’t even second guess it. I told the child to jump in the back, these people are coming on board. I had to get them.”

Daw rescued and transported the police officers — their unmarked patrol car was a total loss. He said he continued to home base in Copiague, where he filled out an incident report. But instead of praise, he was handed a notice of termination, which said in part: “Employee endangered welfare of student he was transporting when he picked up three unauthorized passengers.”

It also said: “Employee made decision to drive through large body of water.”

“It’s not like I pulled off the road into a lake trying to endanger somebody’s life. I was caught in a storm,” Daw said.

McLogan asked to speak to Daw’s boss at Educational Bus, but she was told several times there was no one there to speak to her.

The three Nassau detectives and their commanding officer are flabbergasted at the firing.

“We are sorry to hear of any negative consequences that arose from his helping out my detectives,” Detective Lt. Raymond Cote said.

Daw suddenly finds himself unemployed, spending his days at home. He said he’s hoping for his job back, but not expecting his phone to ring.

Daw’s two sons are studying to be police and naval officers. He said if he had the chance to help first responders again, he would not hesitate.

Do you think this punishment is fair? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Halley Jade Sprung says:

    Gee – Sometimes you have to wonder if “common sense” ever enters these suits’ (who sit behind their desks) minds.
    In hind sight, if the driver knew he was going to loose his job he would have said I’d love to help but I’ll get fired.
    Why don’t they reprimand him with a warning not to do it again.
    Shoot I’d give the guy a raise but maybe I just too “sense” ative

    1. Steve-o says:

      @Halley Jade Sprung, for some reason these days, a reprimand isn’t given especially by a school. I have no reason why. These folks that run businesses and public schools have this ‘shoot from the hip” mentality and think they’re perfect while everyone else is expendable.
      Clearly this guy did what was expected of society and he did the right thing. His boss should be fired for incompetence and a lack of good judgment.

      1. kb9 says:

        the company is only looking out for the safety of the children they transport. if he was not reprimanded for this action, what’s to stop his from doing it again, or another bus driver from doing it and the chances are that it will not turn out in such a positive way the next time. Maybe it is an impersonator and then what happens if harm comes to the driver or children or both? The company doesn’t necessarily think they’re perfect, but the parents should be thankful that the company is upholding the policies that keep their children safe.

    2. Maggie says:

      Seriously, MsNimitz25? I sure hope no one ever has to depend on someone like you in an emergency! While you’re “rationalizing” your position, someone could die! Common sense is so completely dead in this country, it’s beyond pathetic…..

      1. Charles B says:

        no one was dying, what rock do you live under. They were getting wet and I am sure the company was all for helping them, they just needed to know what was going on. George could have simply notified them and then helped but instead the dumb ass spent his time taking pictures.

    3. Guest says:

      I would hope anyone put into a position of trust to look after kids would also have the kind of good judgement to make the call this guy did.
      This is the problem with companies nowadays.They want to spend less and less,and as a result they treat everyone they hire like an Idiot.

      1. Daryl says:

        Really? You think it was a good call not to first ensure they were in fact police officers or radio his company to inform them of the hazardess conditions and his intentions. To take tme out to take a plethora of photos. To turn down 2 people who asked for help prior to the officers. To not report the incident to the company. the list just goes on and on. Someone should get the truth from the company and the matron that was there.

    4. connie says:

      you might know, some jerk would take the side of the bus company. We have WAY to many people who don’t know how to be good citizens. I am very worried about this country today.

      1. Claire says:

        Connie, you are an idiot, no one is suggesting he doesn’t help, just that he also meets standard reporting requirements, this would have only taken a moment.
        maybe someone should ask this hero why he turned down the first 2 people that asked for help?

    5. charles B says:

      Maggie, no one was dying, they were getting wet.
      Daw could have helped these officers and apeased company policy simply by using his radio, it was not an either or situation nor was it life threatening.
      He showed blatent disregard for the safety of his student and the company policy. Also he lied when he said he repported it immediately. I challenge him to produce that report with the same date on it.
      He wasn’t going to report it at all. the only reason he did was because his bus wouldn’t go the next day. Why aren’t the media talking to the Matron that was actually there instead of giving just enough information to insight all this rediculousness.

    6. Long Island Driver Assistant says:

      George reported he got fired for helping but if he was being honest he would have admitted he was fired because he did not report the incident to his company. He was too busy snapping photos during this emergency to radio his boss. He could have done both but he apparently couldn’t be bothered.
      Also he claims he reported it right afterwards………yeah right!!! He didn’t report anything until the next day when he got caught. He is dishonest and he also failed to tell all of you of the 2 people he turned down when they asked for help. Just ask the driver assistant that was there. I cant believe he is getting his job back, it makes me want to puke.

    7. Confused says:

      No Hindsight needed. All drivers and monitors know that if you want to take someone on board that is not on your passenger list you must radio your dispatcher. Did Daw do this? NO
      You must report all incidents no matter how small. did Daw do this? NO infact he didn’t report it at all. the company had to request a written report when his mus wouldn’t go due to water damage they were unaware of
      If you see a hazardess condition in your route you must radio dispatch. Did Daw do this? No
      He decided himself that it was worth the risk to drive into this puddle to help 3 people he assumed to be officers. He had no way of actually knowing who they were becuase he didn’t even attempt to confirm it.
      No one is talking about how he turned down the first 2 people that asked for help.
      I dont believe he was fired for helping Ibelieve he was fired becuase he didn’t follow any of the company procedures. I wish they hadn’t taken him back because the first thing he said to the media is he would do it all again.
      What? Turn down the first 2 people, ignore company policy, take tons of photos??
      Seriously fire him again please!

    8. jess says:

      Halley, the first thing he said to the media was he would do it all over again so even with hindsight he doesn’t see he could have both met his job requrements and helped the officers. Neither were mutually exclusive and he does not see that at all.
      I wouldn’t employ him.

  2. bullett says:

    You can rest assured of one Bus Company that will be receiving a lot of tickets for the smallest of infractions to being put out of service.

    1. Joe says:

      & they will have earned every one of them!

    2. Mike says:

      lol..yeah and they deserve it too. If they want to enforce the strict letter of theirr rules then why shouldn’t they have the strictest enforcement of rules placed on them?

  3. Thegrover says:

    Please rethink your response. Explain how calling 911 would save the Police Officers lives. Who could respond during a violent storm? Would the 911 operator them call the very same Policeman and tell them to rescue themselves.
    Also I hope you meant “company policy” not “company police.”
    I am sorry to say your response is heartless. I hope you never need rescue.

  4. Eekscarykat says:

    Read that. At least I doubt the police detectives will be served a warrant for getting on the bus.

  5. BM says:

    Fire the Boss and get back the driver!

    1. Edward Ward says:

      totally argee
      what a bunch a bull!lets say he just drove by them…..that would be so inhumane.he will get hired somwhere he belongs….maybe he should be a EMT.HES A HERO IN MY BOOK,even if they were regular citizins they are humans.

      1. Ursula C says:

        oh yeah a real big man who refused to help the first 2 people that asked for help!
        Why didn’t he just call his boss and let him know what was going on and then help the officers. I am all for helping just not selective helping.

    2. Earnie says:

      Make the Boss drive a bus!

  6. Steve says:

    Any police officer can commandeer ANY vehicle as long as it has to do with ‘police business’. I don’t like the idea of ‘there was still a kid on board’ BUT if the cops turn around and say; ‘YES…we told the school bus driver to take us back to the precinct” he should get his job back.

    1. Rex Craigo says:

      NO they can’t. The wOrld doesn’t work like on television.

    2. Nicholas Delaney says:

      HE SAID IF REX…READ WITH YOUR EYES NOT YOUR ASS

    3. Nicholas Delaney says:

      POLICE CAN STOP AND TAKE OR GIVE ORDERS TO ANYONE THEY WANT..CMON..IF A COP IS IN DANGER AND ASKS FOR HELP YOU HAVE TO HELP HIM…CMON REX…TRY AND KEP UP WITH THE REST OF HUMANITY…IT SUCKS TO BE THE OUTCAST $LOSER

  7. KM says:

    As it was mentioned before, if the Officers showed their badges to the driver of the bus, then it is safe to say, he did something right. If they did not show their badges, then he did place the child in danger and should have been terminated. It’s up the these Police Officers to come forward and tell this man’s supervisor the entire story. Better yet, why doesn’t their Captain call the Bus Company or write a letter on this man’s behalf, if this is indeed what happened.

    1. Jeffery Anderson says:

      The show of badges is important, but I don’t think it should be all that matters. This was a situation where the safety of other human beings was in question. That fact should supersede any company policy. He picked up people asking for help in severe weather conditions. If anything, it should have served as a good lesson for that child in helping out your fellow man.

      1. Barbara says:

        I so agree to see someone help out people in need caring and concerned. God’s got your back ! He loves you and you did the right thing. Children do see a lot of negative things on tv,but I told my three grandchildren of your story and it was a good lesson for them. Shoulders back -head up high=Never change=Many, many are very proud of what you did!!!!

      2. MEANMOMMA says:

        AMEN MRS. BARBARA…

    2. Max Bin says:

      KM your type i thinking is why the country wil fail. he did the right thing there is NO two side of it

    3. RW says:

      What a moronic thing to say. What do their badges have to do with anything? If you were in trouble and didn’t have a badge, I suppose he should have just left you there? And how do you know, just because someone has a badge, that they’re a good person? Maybe they got their badges at a costume store. Should he have asked for ID too? Maybe called the police station to make sure they were legit? You know, because he had so much spare time to do all that stuff. This guy saved 3 other human beings. End of story. Get a grip.

    4. Mike says:

      It doesn’t matter what their job is. You make it seem like it’s only ok if he rescued police officers. What if they were construction workers? Or teachers? No badge, no help? He saved three humans and that’s all that matters. For some reason, we’re in the mindset that when children are in the presence of adults who don’t have a position of authority, they’re automatically in danger. I’m not saying that some people aren’t messed up and won’t do horrible things to children, but in this case, I firmly believe that the driver did the right thing and in no way endangered the child.

      1. Ronny in LI says:

        He did the right thing for 3 people caught in a storm,no lives were at risk just perhaps some nice should and suites, he declined to help the first 2 people who asked for help and he did not do the right thing in terms of his job, all he had to do was call his job and report what was happening just like a police officer would right? No one is suggesting that he shouldn’t try to help, just dont lose sight of his primary responsibility.

    5. Jeffrey Shallcross says:

      how do you know if they showed badges, their car filled with water, it was a patrol car, next time you get caught like that, make sure you identify yourself, what a moron.

    6. Mark Colter says:

      How about asking the driver why he didn’t radio dispatch right away and inform thiem of the situation which is also policy. Instead he played hero and did a nice thing for the officers in question without a doubt but he lost sight of his primary responsibility. If it was your kid on the bus would you really be as happy with this drivers decision? And to then drive them to their pricinct prior to completing his route??

      1. seattlebound says:

        It SAYS . . . “Daw rescued and transported the police officers — their unmarked patrol car was a total loss. He said he continued to home base in Copiague, where he filled out an incident report. But instead of praise, he was handed a notice of termination, which said in part: “Employee endangered welfare of student he was transporting when he picked up three unauthorized passengers.”

        he is not driving a BUS it states clearly in the article it was a S U V. he told the child (who we dont know how old maybe 16 maybe 6) to jump in the back.

        if it was my kid on the bus and they DID NOT get swept away in a flash flood and my child was WITNESS to the RESCUE of fellow citizens and ESPECIALLY police officers, and was shown EXACTLY what it means to be American, and how to act in a emergency situation. i would award this driver the key to the city a 3 month free steak at the local Black Angus and a gold watch!

        please take your argument to the “other” web sites that vilify people for doing the right thing. your type of cynicism is unwelcome here.

      2. cyn says:

        I would be FINE if my daughter was in the car! You dont leave 3 people to DIE.

      3. who-made-you-god says:

        the firefighters in 9/11 didn’t ask for ID .

      4. kb9 says:

        @who-made-you-god…
        who would the firefighters ask for ID? and why? Their JOB is to respond to emergency situations…and they do so with special training (I would know I am a firefighter). As for the bus driver, his job was to protect the child and he didn’t put the child’s safety first, therefore he faces consequences, just like anyone else who would violate policies and procedures in their own job.

      5. cyn says:

        @kb9 seriously, how many times are you going to mention you are a firefighter. Does this make you more qualified to answer these threads? Just curious?

    7. Claire says:

      KM, I agree. Why didn’t he just radio his boss and inform him of the situation?
      Its not like he didn’t have time right…. because he had time to take a slew of photos.
      Also strange that he turned down the first 2 people that asked him for help. And he lied. He said he reported the incident immediately after. Someones pants are on fire. He didn’t say a single word until the next day when his vehicle wouldn’t go due to water damage. Maybe someone should talk to the matron on the bus for the truth since Daw is not capable of being truthful.

  8. steffi says:

    Print a picture of his superior on the front page of every paper, so everyone knows who this poophead is and then see what happens.

  9. Howie Sprague says:

    This is the insanity that is the private sector. CEO’s don’t understand that policies are guidelines and that guidelines can’t possibly cover every eventuality. It would be interesting to hear the version of the story from the three cops who were rescued. Sounds like the driver exercised ‘common sense’ which is something that corporate types are incapable of understanding.

    1. Lorraine says:

      I agree………..gee……what were the RULES on 9/11???? What would have happened that day if everyone followed the rules. Lives were saved, I’m sure, because everyday people put themselves in harm’s way to help their fellow citizen. Shame on Educational Bus……

      1. Nicholas Delaney says:

        u dont need me to tell u…but ur totally right…living on the outside (in toronto) and looking in, what would have happened if people didnt help out on 911?? u make a strong point…ppl should be doing things like this more often…fluck the rules…humanity needs rejuvinating

  10. tired of this S__T! says:

    Where’s Arnold Diaz? and the mayor with a a commendation from the city?
    SHAME ON YOU!

    1. D'oh! says:

      Why should the mayor and the city get involved with a Nassau County thing?

  11. Debbie says:

    This is awful. This bus driver did not put this child in danger and he helped three policemen. The bus company who fired him should be ashamed of themselves. I hope this poor man gets his job back and a raise.

  12. D says:

    As presented, the apparent violations of policy that resulted in the driver’s firing were not good descriptions of the situation. It is not clear the child was placed in any more danger by the presence of the officers than they would have been otherwise. Nor is it clear that the driver was able to avoid the body of water, or that rescuing the officers involved any more risk than otherwise wrt the body of water.

    It looks like the school bus company is looking for trouble.

  13. Far Fetcher says:

    It’s time that the bus company is run in a safer manner. They have some good written policies in place, but I wonder if there has been a closer examination of their rolling stock. It’s about time to do safety checks on the street, outside the regularly scheduled inspections. There is no telling what this might turn up, and nothing is more important safety of our children.

    Then, there might be problems with the managers, and problems like drinking or spousal abuse. It’s worthwhile to run the data just in case. There is no good way to get their current contract cancelled, but there very well could be disqualifying information for future consideration of a contract extension.

  14. LIJohn says:

    schools who use this bus company need to stand behind this driver and no do business with this company, he was being a decent human being

  15. Andrew says:

    Someday his (old) boss will need help and then this will come full circle – when no one comes to help.

  16. John Bradley says:

    Zero tolerance = zero tolerarance for common sense

  17. J Bradley says:

    Zero tolerance = zero tolerance for common sense

  18. John Darden says:

    dam shame

  19. Tony says:

    I bet some low life bottom feeding attorney is calling the kids family to discuss a lawsuit against the Bus company and school.. This is why people walk past or ignore people in need.

  20. Mike says:

    Why should a man be fired for helping someone in danger? Why should a man be fired for using common sense? The boss clearly has used poor judgement in terminating Mr. Daw. Therefore, the manager should be fired and Mr. Daw should be promoted to management. Wouldn’t that make more sense?

    1. FIRE THE MNGR, PROMOTE DRIVER,!!!!!!!!! says:

      MIKE, I LOVE IT,,, YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD BUDDY!!!!!!!!!

      FIRE THE MNGR, PROMOTE DRIVER,!!!!!!!!!

    2. Patsy says:

      Mike I hate to say it but you are an idiot…really.
      he wasn’t fired for helping he was fired for not reporting the event.
      Yeah lets promote someone who spent more time taking pictures than contacting his company. lets promote the same guy that turned down the other people that asked for his help. How about the company replace him with an honest driver who would both be a good samaritan and follow company rules about notifying the company. Dont you find it even a small bit suspicious that the union couldn’t find grounds to support him until after the media were involved? my only complaint about the company is that they reinstated him.

  21. Jacquelyn Smith Kirsch says:

    This is the epitome of stupidity. The bus company should be ashamed!!! Stopping for anyone is the right thing to do, stopping to help the Police is especially right to do! Who comes for US when we need help???? The Police!! The bus driver is a hero and the best kind of person. The jerks at the bus company are the worst kind of people!

    1. LI'er says:

      the driver was not terminated for helping 3 detectives or anyone else, he was terminated because of the way in which he did it. He did not verify the identity of the detectives, he did not notify his dispatcher and he did not make out a report afterwards. He quietly left his work place and no one new of the event (including the family of the disabled child) until the company discovered the vehicle didn’t go anymore.
      his union supported the termination until the media got involed as per Nick – previous blogger. And the termination notice Daw has been flashing around is not dated the day of the incident. Lets hope the press publish the termination notice in full.

  22. DF says:

    He is a Good Samaritan and deserves commendation not a firing for doing something beyond the call of duty.

  23. Keith Viverette, Sr. says:

    Did the driver know that the men were detectives? Were they in uniform? Did they show their badges? If the revelation that the three strangers were policemen came after they were allowed onto the bus, then the driver certainly did put the child in jeopardy. Otherwise, if the detectives were in uniform or used their badges as their proof of sincerity for boarding the bus, the driver should not have been terminated.

    1. IKnowItAll says:

      Detectives lives mean more than those of, say, a random father of three? You, sir, are an idiot.

      1. Keith Viverette, Sr. says:

        You are the idiot. Again, if the driver did not know who the three men were, then his actions were ill-advised. Otherwise, if he did know they were policemen, then his actions should be allowed. Next time, read before you post a reply.

      2. CALLING FOR HELP!! says:

        THE STORY IS THAT THE THREE MAN WERE IN PLAIN CLOTHES, AND IN AN UNMARKED CAR AND THEY MUST HAVE IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES BEFORE THEY BOARDED, OR EVEN BEFORE DRIVER OPENED THE BUS DOOR……….THIS ALL HAPPENED IN A TRAGIC WEATHER STORM THAT COPS WERE STRANDED AND CALLING FOR HELP!!!!!!!

    2. Sydelle Houston says:

      They did show their shields. Either way, I think he did the right thing by helping them and he should not have been fired for helping out civil servants in distress.

    3. Jeffery Anderson says:

      It’s great that it was a group of police detectives that were helped in this situation, but any human being in those conditions deserve to be saved from the imminent danger they were in by being stranded in a hailstorm. Any company should jump at the chance at having an employee who understands when good personal judgement should take precedence over policy.

      1. DotheRIGHTthing says:

        Exactly!!! Very well said.

    4. Tuathal Thomas Fitzsimmons says:

      IT DOESNT MATTER whether they were police or not! They were three HUMAN BEINGS in danger in a dangerous situation! Get your head out of your ass…HUMANITY trumps all the rules and regulations in existence!

    5. Brian says:

      IKnowItAll is right, are you suggesting that you wouldn’t help three non-police in the same situation? If you click through the link regarding the storm and looked at the size of the hail that was falling (there are plenty of pictures of hail literally the size of baseballs and broken windshields), you couldn’t possibly tell me that any human, police officer or not, wouldn’t be endangered by the situation. I guess you’re the type of person that would watch as a person fell and severely hurt themselves and walk away assuming someone else will help them. Nice, real nice.

    6. Jeffrey Shallcross says:

      oh, ok, let em drown, whats wrong with you, i understand the child thing, but i would say 1, you werent there, 2 its not your job that was lost, and 3, i have enough faith in my fellow humans that nothing would happen to the child, and 4, i would have done the same thing, think about that the next time you are out swimming and cant make it back, oops, we cant rescue you, your not a cop!!

    7. NYC says:

      Nah Keith, I think you are the true idiot here. I dont think the driver is dumb like you to bring men on board without questioning who they are. IIts understood, apparentlyto everyone but you hence your stupid questions.

    8. cyn says:

      so then should he have left 3 people to possibly die?

      1. Keith Viverette Sr. says:

        Everyone is hung up on the fact that the men were proven to be cops, but we really don’t have a firm grasp of when that fact became known. The driver’s duty was to see to the safety of the child. Letting strangers aboard (AGAIN, IF HE DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE COPS FIRST) violated the bus company’s rules. Therefore, if he didn’t know they were cops, the hard decision–and the right decision, in keeping with the bus company’s rules–would have been to adhere to regulations. Again, a hard decision, perhaps a seemingly cold decision, but in securing the safety of the child, probably the right decision. Conversely, if the cops really did I.D. themselves first, then the driver was correct in his actions. That’s all I’ve ever said, folks. We are Americans. We live in a democracy in which different views are free to be expressed, and through which we can agree and disagree without resorting to childishness and name calling.

  24. teetotaler says:

    why aren’t employment lawyers coming to the aid of this life saving angel pro bono?

  25. Theresa says:

    He did the right thing! Absolutely outrageous to fire this man. Give him back his job! Or better yet, someone give him a better one!

  26. itsnotme says:

    I’m sorry to go against popular opinion here but Mr Daw was a school bus driver, nothing more. His main responsibility was to get the child home safely. He’s not paid to ‘think’ or play hero to three (plainclothes?) ‘cops’ in an unmarked vehicle. Had he been transporting adults and they consented in helping out, I think it would have been a different story….
    But either way, he did a good thing and hopefully someone will recognize his character and give him a better job

    1. HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU SAY THAT? says:

      NEXT TIME SOMEONE WILL JUST WALK BY YOU AND NOT BRING YOU THE EMERGENCY HELP YOU ARE IN NEED OF IMMEDIATELY…….

      HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU SAY THAT?

    2. Anonymous Coward says:

      “He is not paid to think” … and there’s exactly the problem: people who say that the driver (or anyone) is not paid to think,and should merely be an automaton, mindlessly following orders. That, in fact, is EXACTLY the problem.

      The supervisor claimed that those three cops were “endangering” the child … yet, had those same three cops stopped and arrested the driver for some reason, they would have not just been in the same bus with the child, but most likely driven him or her to the police station in their car (absent the whole hail issue, of course) and nobody would have dreamed of accusing them of endangering the child by doing so.

      Looks to me like the company was looking for a reason to fire this driver. Probably because he thought too much.

    3. Tom says:

      You sir — or madame — are a complete friggin idiot. Of course, that probably explains the “not paid to think” comment. After all, if you can’t do it, why would you expect anyone else to use common sense and reason.

  27. Anne Hill says:

    can’t believe he would get fired for such a thing – his supervisors are clearly idiots & he should just move forward.

  28. Rhiannon says:

    Clearly an example of the stupid, blind PC “zero tolerance” mentality infecting modern day society. The mental moron who decided on discharging the driver is nothing more than stuipid. Maybe the town should terminate its contract with this waste of a bus company.

  29. Prospect AVE says:

    He should of kept the incident quiet.

    1. WRONG! says:

      THE BUS DRIVER WOULD HAVE BEEN WRONG EITHER WAY…

      DRIVER IS REQUIRED BY RULES AND POLICIES OF THE BUS CO TO DISCLOSE ALL INCIDENTS NO MATTER HOW SMALL AND INSIGNIFICANT BACK TO HIS SUPERVISOR…..

      1. Rob says:

        Quoting you: “DRIVER IS REQUIRED BY RULES AND POLICIES OF THE BUS CO TO DISCLOSE ALL INCIDENTS NO MATTER HOW SMALL AND INSIGNIFICANT BACK TO HIS SUPERVISOR…..”

        Point one: you are an idiot. Stop typing in all caps.

        Point two: He did, in fact, disclose the incident to his supervisor. Did you bother reading the entire article? Here, let me quote it for you.

        “He said he continued to home base in Copiague, where he filled out an incident report.”

        You see that? He filed an incident report, which, to me, means he notified his supervisor.

  30. wow says:

    unbelivable. May this boss on day be stranded and left.

  31. Nowal says:

    This is horrible. Stepping up to HELP not HARM someone and get slapped in the face for doing so.

    I already forward this story to NY1. Hopefully, they can intervene on his behalf.

    1. SPREAD THE WORD! says:

      THATS GREAT, NOW LETS GET ALL OF THE PARENTS FROM THAT SCHOOL INVOLVED AND THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED SEND IT OUT TO ALL NEWS CHAINS, TV, RADIO,. PAPER, ETC……

      1. Mista says:

        Call the company 631 842 7373 ask if they have any positions available, they do ,I called 30 mins ago, then ask if you can have the Daw route, the lady went nuts on me and said it was the wrong company and hung up, but I wanted a job?…..

  32. Linda says:

    Is this person who did the firing a foreigner that doesn’t know the rule of Common Courtesy in the US of A ? Where the heck did this person come from ? Fire this imbecile and give the bus driver his job back and God bless him.

    1. AMERICA GONE DOWN THE DRAIN! says:

      WHAT MAKES YOU THINK IS A FOREIGNER?????

      THESE ARE OUR OWN AMERICAN IDIOTS WHO DROPPED OUT OF HS RUNNING THIS FREAKING COUNTRY AND BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Globalist says:

      Common sense and common courtesy, caring for your fellow human beings, etc. is not “American”. It is universal humanity. Any considerate human being anywhere in the world would have done the same thing in Mr. Daw’s situation regardless of his nationality.

  33. wombat1417 says:

    “We are sorry to hear of any negative consequences that arose from his helping out my detectives,” Detective Lt. Raymond Cote said.
    What a dopey piece of lip service.
    DON’T JUST BE SORRY – GO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!!

    1. COPS WHERE ARE YOU NOW??? says:

      MAKES ME THINK, OF THESE IDIOT COPS, WHERE ARE THEY NOW??? WHY AREN’T THE POLICE DEPT NOT STANDING UP AND FIGHTING FOR THIS POOR MAN WHO HELPED THEM OUT IN THEIR TIME OF NEED???

      MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH, MAKES ME NOT WANT TO HELP THEM OUT NEXT TIME UNDER ANY SITUATION IF I WAS THAT DRIVER…….

      1. Enough Already! says:

        Would you please stop SHOUTING?

        It doesn’t make your comments look more important; it makes you look ignorant.

      2. Jeffrey Shallcross says:

        how do you know if the cops have done anything with this issue? Just because it is not in the article, im sure this is far from over.

    2. Emma says:

      I dont believe the negative consequences were because he helped your detectives. I am very happy your detectives were assisted in a time of need. And I dont think you or your detectives need to feel sorry or bad.
      It is a shame that Mr Daw chose not to notify his employer and waited until they discovered it via finding the vehicle was damaged
      He is now reinstated although I am not convinced that was the right thing to do.
      Again not because he helped the detectives but because he failed to notify the company.

  34. Carrie says:

    another example of the “zero tolerance” mentality that has taken over the country. His boss is one of the growing number of people who don’t know how to do critical thinking, can’t interpret a rule or law with any flexibility because that takes thought.

  35. smh says:

    I can understand the policy for everyday situations. The driver has to protect his young passenger from strangers who may “claim” to be detectives (read: no uniforms).

    In this case, he should have got a pass. At most, suspend him for a day or two. Firing him was outrageous.

  36. splatt2 says:

    I can’t believe the stupidity of the decision. I know that the “rules” are made to protect the children on the bus (in most situations), BUT, why can’t supervisors sometimes take a step up and make a judgement call based on an individual incident. Is it because they are just too COWARDLY to step up and make a decision on their own or is it because they are just too damn LAZY to do it?

    1. too stupid and ignorant!!!!!!!!!!!! says:

      they are none of that, truth be told, they’re just too stupid and ignorant!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Richard says:

    There is rules and regulations for everything, but sometimes there are exceptions to the rules. It shows that his boss has know concern or caring towards his fellow man. Makes me wonder how someone so uncaring could be put into their position. I hope the city or state steps in and corrects such a grave injustice.

    1. DUMMER THEN DUMMER says:

      RICHARD, IS EASY, IS CALLED KISSING ASS TO GET PROMOTED EVEN IF YOU’RE UNQUALIFIED AND STUPID BRAINLESS IDIOT…!!

  38. Dave says:

    A cop never leaves duty they are always on duty 24 7 365,hence this protects the kids even more by them being there.Hence the kids would have even been safer with them on board sounds like one hell of an wrongful termination law suit Id love to be the lawyer handling it Mr Daw will end up owning Educational bus and what an education it will be!!!!

  39. Alfonso Mollica says:

    1. Police have the right and power to commandeer a vehicle, whether a child was on it or not.They could have motioned for him to assist and then no one could have said anything.
    2. What kind of world do we want to live in where abject fear of not following company policy to the letter should override our basic humanity and good judgement?
    3. If he came upon a traffic accident, is he supposed to drive by and let someone suffer? I’ve small children and while i’d hope that the bus driver was a responsible person to their well being, i’d also hope that he had the humanity to think on his own, especially in this situation.

    the guy should get his job back, back pay, a commendation and an apology, not necessarily in that order.

  40. Ml sprague says:

    I belive it unfair and unjust. I wonder if the guy that fired the schoolbus driver, would like help if they were in that situation. I belive this matter should be bought befor a supprem court. The school company needs to be delt with, police officers help us in time of need risking life and limb. I belive the driver should have his job back. They needed his help and he was there, I see no problom with him helping them. I PRAISE THE BUS DRIVER, Im proude of you for helping, god bless you. I will pray for you

  41. Richard Shepherd says:

    The actions of his boss is exactly what is causing our once fabulous country to be in the shape it’s in. forbid anyone to help another in distress. What ever happened to Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?

    1. Michael Knight says:

      I agree, what happened to ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you? That’s gone, and the top brass obviously don’t give a damn!

      1. COMMON SENSE ANYONE? says:

        WORSE YET, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO PURE COMMON SENSE???

  42. ProFromDover says:

    No good deed goes unpunished. The driver’s superiors ought to be fired instead, morons!

  43. Barry Levine says:

    A comment on Jeff Benson’s comment. The slob that did the firing should be promoted TO TOILET BOWL MAINTAINER AND GIVEN A RAISE TO MINIMUM WAGE.

  44. Tom Witmer says:

    Seriously? What knuckleheads!!

  45. Barry Levine says:

    It is always “wrong” to disobey company policy but what is a guy to do when he sees that people are desperate for help and he is the only one around to prevent a tragedy. I have heard some of the trash people (people?) that I worked with tell a story of how they could have prevented something horrible but passed up the oppurtunity because they di not want to get involved.
    But, as it is said in the vernacular….what go around come around….that is the street lingo expression.

    1. karlson says:

      I’m confident that the public outrage over this will have the bus driver reinstated. He was perhaps in violation of “the rules”. But in an emergency, you don’t always follow the book or go by it.

  46. LORELEI says:

    BEING WRITTEN UP WOULD OF BEEN SUFFICENT

    1. karlson says:

      What? What writeup? The guy did good. He should get an award from Nassau County PD and they should initiate the campaign to get him his job back. Writeup is for doing something wrong. Essentially the police could have commandeered the bus. And because this wasn’t articulated, it’s essentially nuanced. Instead of the police helping themselves, the bus driver helped them.

      1. WHERE ARE THE POLICEMAN? says:

        The police in uniform or not can order any vehicle to stop and assist them in what ever manner deem possible. Had the driver reported the incident as having been ordered by the police to stop and assist he wouldn’t have gotten fired!!!

        police lie all of the times, and I am sure that had the bus co. asked those police officers if they had stopped the bus driver that they would have lied so as to NOT get that driver in trouble.

        Those police officers know the law and rules and policy concerning school bus drivers and kids safety so they would have covered for the driver, like I said police lie all the time, they are NOT saints or perfect……

  47. Laurice Maher says:

    How can you endanger the welfare of a child by picking up 3 detectives. If anything, I would think that child would be safer.

    1. just curious says:

      What if those plain clothed man were armed dangerous criminals who had just escaped out of jail or just committed several murders in the town, and your only child was on that bus all alone with that driver?

      Would you still feel the same way about the whole thing?

      1. KPMc says:

        What if my aunt had testicles?

      2. Michael H. says:

        Oh I know the answer to this one! She’d be my uncle, right?

        just curious,

        Your hypothetical is an asinine attempt to defend the bus company in an indefensible situation.

      3. Anonymous Coward says:

        Given the level of background checks (or lack thereof) involved, I would be much more concerned about my child being alone on a bus with a single bus driver than I would be with the same child being with three people bearing police identification.

  48. glenn says:

    Only if Mr Daw’s employers had as much compassion as he has, this debockle would have never taken place. Shame on you bus company and go chase yourselves!!! So there!

  49. bw says:

    How did he put the child in jeopardy? Police should be able to board a school bus for G**** sake. If I was Mr. Daw, I would hire a good attorney and sue the s*** out of this company. This was during a roadside emergency and cops are there to help in emergencies.

  50. Jeff Benson says:

    This math is very simple, police are allowed to enter a school bus for official business. HOWEVER, they’re always on duty whether on the clock or not.

    This clown that fired the school bus driver need not be fired, demoted to driving a school bus.

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