Above and Beyond, Coach Operator Starts the New Year with Kindness

January 24, 2024

In the early morning of January 3 around 5 a.m. Sun Tran coach operator, Shannon Lingle was driving her first round of the day. As she was driving down Park Avenue headed towards Downtown Lingle noticed a cardboard box on fire next to a resident’s home. Without hesitation, Lingle quickly pulled the bus over, dialed 911, and explained the situation.

According to Lingle, she could not just leave the fire burning there, so she took matters into her own hands, along with two other passengers who volunteered to help.

“It was just a small one, but it could’ve ignited,” she said. “I’m not one of those people who will just let something just burn.”

While one of the passengers threw the burning cardboard on the street, Lingle and the other passenger threw dirt on the cardboard and stomped on it to put the fire out.

Just like that, the fire was out, Lingle hopped back on the bus, apologized for the delay and continued her route.

As someone who has been in the medical field for most of her life, taking care of people is just what she does, said Lingle.

“I would hope someone would do it if it was something close to my house that was burning,” she said.

Thank you Shannon for taking care of the Tucson community and we are glad you are part of the Sun Tran team!