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StarTran bus driver recognized as hero

By: Megan Palera

StarTran Bus Operator, Caleb Whisenhunt, is being called a hero. On Monday, the City of Lincoln honored him for saving a passenger's life.

The video captured on the bus camera back in October shows just how close of a call it was. The passenger, a Lincoln girl, jumped off the StarTran bus and ran in front of it without looking for traffic. A passing truck just grazed her but it could have been much worse had the bus driver not honked the horn to alert her to it.

That driver is Caleb Whisenhunt.

"After it happened, my hands were shaking the rest of the day," Whisenhunt said.

On Monday, Whisenhunt was given the Mayor's Award of Excellence in the category of valor for saving the girl's life.

"It's nice. Unexpected award and I'm glad that the city recognizes its employees for acts that are taking place on a daily basis," Whisenhunt said.

The girl is doing much better these days. In fact, she's a frequent passenger on Whisenhunt's bus and he makes sure to keep a watchful eye on her. The city's staff calls him a guardian angel.

"When you're on the road, all day, everyday, things happen. And to have recognition for one of those things - it's a nice experience here," Whisenhunt said.

Along with the award, Whisenhunt also gets a $50 gift certificate and a day off with pay, which he says he'll use on his wedding weekend.

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