State Senate recognizes heroic efforts of Metro bus driver

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Washington state senators stand to applaud bus driver
Eric Stark, in the gallery with his family
Photo courtesy WA Senate Democrats

OLYMPIA – The Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution honoring King County Metro bus driver Eric Stark for his actions during a shooting in Seattle last month.

Stark was operating a Metro bus in Lake City on March 27 when a gunman in the area fired at the bus, wounding Stark, who drove the bus out of the area to assure the safety of passengers before seeking medical help for his gunshot wound.

Bus driver Eric Stark, with Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-32
Photo courtesy WA Senate Democrats

Senate Resolution 8644, sponsored by Sen. Jesse Salomon (D-Shoreline), recognizes and thanks Stark “for the selflessness, courage and commitment to public safety” he displayed in the performance of his duties.

“A concern not only for our own well-being but for that of others as well is essential for building strong, safe communities,” said Salomon, who often travels on the affected transit route. 
“Mr. Stark’s actions on March 27 embody the highest form of community awareness and compassion we could ask from someone who serves the public.”

The resolution also thanks the Seattle Police Department, and offers condolences to the families of two individuals who lost their lives during the violence, Richard Hasson and Richard T. Lee. In addition, it extends wishes for a speedy recovery to Deborah Juad, who was also injured.

Stark looked on from the Senate gallery, joined by his wife, Metro operator Kimberli Stark, and their four children, as well as their extended family and a Metro Transit support team. The Senate stood and applauded Stark in gratitude for his brave actions.

The resolution was cosponsored by Sen. David Frockt, D-46 (Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, NE Seattle).


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