Bus driver awarded for stomping out brush fire

What started as a puff of smoke on the side of the road on July 12, might have turned into a fiery blaze if it weren’t for the quick actions of Kitsap Transit bus driver Kevin Collins.

He was on his usual route just south of Brownsville when he and the only passenger on the bus smelled sulfur. It was then that Collins, who has been driving for Kitsap Transit a little more than a year, noticed something in the brush on the side of the road.

“I drove by and saw a puff of smoke,” he said. “I assumed it was fireworks-related.”

Without hesitation he stopped the bus and quickly stomped out the small fire.

“I didn’t think it was that big of a deal,” he said. “I just stopped and took care of it before it got a chance (to turn into a large fire).”

Laughing, he adds that it was the lone passenger who “went home to tell the fire commissioners.”

And to thank him for his quick actions, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Chief Ken Burdette presented Collins with a citizen award during the fire commissioners’ meeting on Monday.

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