Position: Bus Driver
Years of Service: 1
Resides: Northport, NY
Prior to his employment at Stony Brook University, Mark was a computer technician for the Sachem School district. As a bus driver, Mark drives the Express route Monday through Friday, on the 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. shift. He is dedicated to Stony Brook, and takes his role seriously. This is most vividly displayed in the recounting of events on February 27, 2014:
At roughly 3:40 p.m. on February 27th, Express 4 had left the Engineering Bus Shelter with approximately 30-40 passengers. The bus driver, Mark Redding, was notified by passengers that a fellow passenger was ill and had fallen to the floor of the bus. Mark radioed a distress call to SBU Transit Dispatch who in turn contacted University Police. UPD was notified of the need for immediate medical assistance.
Recognizing the need to provide room for the student who was experiencing a seizure, Mark Redding calmly and clearly instructed the passengers to exit the bus and wait in a safe location for further instruction. Mark remained with the passenger, preventing the passenger from injuring himself during the seizure until a University Police officer arrived. The passenger was removed from the bus by University Police. While waiting for medical assistance to arrive, Mark continued to assist the University Police officer in the safe restraint of the passenger. The ambulance arrived and the passenger was taken to the hospital.
"Mark's actions in the face of such an emergency were exemplary. Mark's level of professionalism and care for his passengers are commendable and exemplify the pride Mark takes in the service he provides to his passengers every day," said George Volz, Manager of Busing and Transportation and Enforcement, Stony Brook University.
When Mark is not at work, he enjoys running. He runs an impressive 18 miles per week. He enjoys long distance running, and even participates in 5K, 10K, half-, and full marathons. Mark has two children who he is extremely proud of.