When Hurricane Matthew barreled through Savannah, Georgia, on October 6, 2016, citizens had to be evacuated. First Transit drivers and technicians for the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) were asked to help evacuate more than 1,200 students to
Atlanta due to the emergency.
For the drivers, this meant leaving homes and families behind and driving the 13 hours it took to get to Atlanta – usually a four hour trip. Once the evacuees had been safely transported, the team were able to return home after four days without injury or incident.
This heroic feat sent a wave of appreciation throughout the SCAD community for the combined efforts of supervisors, technicians and drivers who were willing to go the extra mile to ensure the college students were safe.