Actions during mishap earn Tiffin man hero award

MAUMEE – A Tiffin resident was one of two men recognized as heroes Wednesday night at the 46th annual Hero Awards Banquet in Maumee.

Gary Magers, who helped steer a tour bus to safety after it was involved in an accident in Lorain County in April 2012, was given the award by the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio. A.J. Green of Lindsay also received the award.

“They were passengers (on the bus) and everyone was kind of frozen, seeing what happened. These two guys got up and stopped the bus and cut the engine,” said Pam Moffatt, executive assistant of the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio. “They knew that something had to be done and they took it upon themselves to stop the bus.”

During the accident, which involved several vehicles on the Ohio turnpike, the windshield of the bus broke out and the steering mechanism broke, Moffatt said. The bus driver also became unconscious.

“It was a dangerous,” she said.

Moffatt said the bus traveled over a mile before Magers and Green were able to get it stopped.

“They were really concerned about the others,” Moffatt said. “They were doing it to help save lives.”

Moffatt said the men were nominated by a fellow passenger on the bus, who decided the pair went above and beyond to save lives.

Magers said it felt good to receive the award Wednesday night, but didn’t feel like a hero.

“I really don’t feel like I’m a hero,” he said. “I just feel like I did what I had to do.”