TOWNSHIP OF MARSHALL (KDKA) – After 25 years of taking children to school, a local school bus driver has decided to retire.
But not all the families he served would let him go quietly. They threw him a party to show him how much he meant to them all.
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Tom Herbert has spent the past 25 years as a school bus driver in the North Allegheny School District.
“A little overwhelmed and really grateful. I cannot say thank you enough. It’s a great neighborhood. That’s why I’ve been doing it for so many years, ”said Herbert.
In gratitude, families in the Sewickley Farms neighborhood gathered at one bus stop and waited for Herbert as a surprise and thank you for taking care of their children.
“He’s like grandfather. The kids get on the bus and he greets them, and he’s worried about what’s going on with them and he’s really part of our family, ”said parent Marisa Maccarelli.
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For the students, Herbert is the only bus driver they have ever known.
“He was just really nice to me, especially when I first moved in here in first grade,” said student Marcco Harris.
For Herbert, not many drivers tend to stay as long as he does, but he says there’s a reason he stayed.
“See the kids every day. They are all so nice and everyone. I can’t leave them, I just can’t leave them, they’ve been so good to me, ”Herbert said. “Every time I walk through the neighborhood there are people walking and they always remember me, so I really appreciate that. Thank you so much.”
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The end of an era of bus driving, perhaps; but families say it’s a bond they will always have with a very special man.