AA Pilots Doing The Right Thing
The Allied Pilots Association has set up a Go Fund Me account to help offset the medical expenses of Ulysses Griffin, a bus driver at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Mr. Griffin was injured in a bizarre accident on Dec. 30 and is in the intensive care unit at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine.
American Airlines Captain Bob Steven was one of four passengers on Mr. Griffin’s bus as it was bound for an employee parking lot. Having just concluded a three-day trip, he was admittedly daydreaming about going for a bike ride when he heard a “tremendous bang” and felt the bus jump off the pavement.
Captain Steven immediately noticed that the windshield had shattered, but the bus was still rolling forward. So he jumped up and started moving toward the driver, saying, “Stop the bus! Stop the bus!”
Mr. Griffin was almost reclined, with his hands off the steering wheel and his feet off the pedals. Captain Steven grabbed the wheel and stuck his right foot between Mr. Griffin’s legs so he could hit the brake. As he stopped the bus, Captain Steven saw a pipe sticking through the windshield. But it wasn’t until the bus stopped moving that he noticed all of the blood on Mr. Griffin’s sweater. The pipe had impaled his neck.
“His eyes were still open, but they were starting to roll back, and he was kind of waving his hand up toward his throat,” Captain Steven says in a video released today by the Allied Pilots Association, the certified collective bargaining agent for all American Airlines pilots.
Relying on his Air Force training, Captain Steven used the heel of his hand to apply pressure to Mr. Griffin’s wound. The other three passengers had gotten off the bus, so he yelled for them to call 911 as he tried to raise a dispatcher on the bus’s radio. Captain Steven repeatedly told Mr. Griffin to keep breathing, and he continued applying pressure to the wound until a paramedic arrived to relieve him.
Mr. Griffin has undergone two surgeries — one to repair his carotid artery and another to remove a piece of pipe that was stuck in his neck. That’s why the Allied Pilots Association has set up a Go Fund Me account on his behalf.
“Knowing the right thing to do is easy. The hard part for most people is simply doing the right thing,” said First Officer Jon “Josey” Wales, who represents Captain Steven and nearly 2,900 other DFW-based pilots on the Allied Pilots Association’s board of directors as their domicile vice chairman. “We are all surrounded by managers every day in our career. Managers are people who do things right. Leaders are people who do the right thing. History has shown again and again that American Airlines pilots are leaders of steady calm action.”
Ulysses and I are very grateful and blessed for all the giving hearted people that have opened their hearts to bless Ulysses with his medical needs and recovery. We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for everyone's kindness and compassion. May God Bless every one of you!! With Love Ulysses and Gedean
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