Metro Bus Operator Honored for Helping Shooting Victim

Metro bus operator Jontay Love assisted an individual shot in Avondale on Oct. 13.

Jontay Love recognized at Oct. 21 SORTA meeting 

CINCINNATI – Metro bus operator Jontay Love assisted an individual shot in Avondale on Oct. 13.

Love, a Hartwell resident, was driving Metro’s Rt. 43 in Avondale around 10:15 p.m. when he heard gunshots. He stopped his bus and saw an injured person lying on the ground calling for help. He followed Metro protocol to alert the authorities, and he got off the bus to assist the victim.

Love stayed with the injured individual and talked to him until authorities arrived. The police and ambulance arrived around 10:20 p.m., at which time he continued on his route.

“I wanted to help keep him calm. I didn’t want him to panic or go into shock,” Love said.

A Metro operator for the last 10 years, he has had several commendations for his service during his tenure.

SORTA presented him with Metro’s STAR Award, which stands for “Service That Attracts Recognition,” on Oct. 21. This award acknowledges and rewards employees who demonstrate exemplary service to Metro and the community.

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.

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Photo, from left: ATU Local 627 President Troy Miller, SORTA Board Vice Chair Ken Reed, SORTA Board Chair Jason Dunn, Metro Operator Jontay Love, and Metro Interim CEO Darryl Haley 

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