By: Jillian Wilson
A Muscatine bus driver is being called a hero tonight after he saved a man's life.
Today, Reed Fleck says even though it happened a month ago; he's still shaking from the experience and thanks his bus driver for his life.
Reed Fleck has been living alone for years. He relies on Bob Barkema, his MuscaBus driver to take him to his dialysis treatment three times a week.
But one morning Reed wasn't there when Bob came to pick him up.
"Sometimes you have an inner something that tells you, you know something's wrong. He's not coming, he's not coming... and I just wasn't gonna leave without knowing what happened, what's wrong," says Bob Barkema, a Muscatine Bus Driver.
"Bob came the next morning and saved my life," says Reed Fleck, Saved by Bus Driver.
Reed had fallen the night before, breaking his hip, and couldn't get up.
He says he will never forget yelling, hoping someone would hear his cries for help.
"There was nobody about the area that could hear me, and I hollered at the top of my lungs," says Fleck.
Reed spent the entire night alone on the bathroom floor. He remembers wrapping himself with dirty clothes to keep warm.
"I realized I couldn't get up, then I got panicky and I said a prayer for God to help me, and evidently he did," says Fleck.
Bob walked into Reed's house the next morning and found him on the floor.
He immediately called 9–1–1 and was taken to Genesis Hospital.
And even though checking up on residents isn't part of the job description, Bob says it's more than just work. The people on his bus are friends.
"It's one of those decisions you make and I'm really glad I did," says Barkema.
Reed is recovering from hip surgery and is now in assisted living.
Bob tells us he has and will continue to visit his friend.