Help a fellow citizen, a public servant

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I’m sure many Edmontonians heard and were disgusted by the vicious, unprovoked attack on a City bus driver this week. According to passenger accounts, someone boarded the bus, got miffed that the driver wouldn’t allow him to ride unless he paid, and even when passengers fronted this guy the change to ride, he started punching the driver, dragging him off the bus and mercilessly beating him.

When I heard this story, I felt sick to my stomach. Of course it was a random act of violence. That’s what made it so terrifying.

Thankfully, as City Councilor Don Iveson pointed out in a recent tweet, the alleged perpetrator was apprehended:

“An ETS bus operator was assaulted very seriously this morning. Police caught the guy. Assholes beware, buses have camerasĀ

But now an Edmonton-area family has to worry about a father and brother who did nothing but his job. I asked the City of Edmonton on Twitter if there was somewhere people could donate money to help the family out. Hey, it’s the season of giving, and I don’t know about you but if my dad were in a condition like that I would be so grateful to have the community rally behind me and help out.

That’s what it means to be part of a society. Helping others.

The City responded this afternoon:

“Trust fund has been established @ River City Credit Union (any branch) for ppl who wish to donate to driver Tom Bregg’s recovery.”

I know it’s not a whole pile of cash, but I’m going to be donating $50 to this fund, and hopefully Tom Bregg’s family will have one or two less things to worry about this holiday season. I challenge each and everyone of you readers out there to throw some money toward the Bregg family as well. Pledge your donation in the comments, and get to any River City Credit Union branch and donate to the fund.

And stay safe out there, everyone.

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5 Responses to “Help a fellow citizen, a public servant”

  1. Jeff
    December 4, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    Way to keep us updated on this, Adam.

    I’m stealing your post and putting it on our website. You don’t get a say in that.

    • bingofuel
      December 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

      In this case, Jeff, I’m gratified for the thievery.

  2. Debra Ward
    December 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm #

    Stole this post as well and have posted it too. Thank you Adam for pushing this into Edmonton consciousness!

    • bingofuel
      December 4, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

      Awesome Debra, thanks. We need to get this out to as many generous Edmontonians as possible.


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