• Bus driver hailed as 'hero' meets first responders who helped save his life

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    The King County Metro bus driver who saved his passengers after he was hit during a shooting spree in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood met the first reponders who helped save his life.

    Eric Stark brought his family with him to meet them on Wednesday afternoon.

    He said the first responders are the ones who deserve all the credit.

    "It's deep in my respect and gratitude that I have for firefighters and medics and the men and women of law enforcement," said Stark. "It really has. It's really neat for me to be able to come down here and say, 'Thank you.'"

    In March, Stark was called a "hero" for steering his Route 75 bus with a dozen passengers on board away from the gunman.

    Firefighters who responded to the shooting scene have given Stark a nickname -- "Sully of ground transportation" – a reference to airline captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who, in 2009, made an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River.

    Stark said he hopes to get back behind the wheel of a bus as soon as he's cleared by doctors.
     


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