UTA bus operator honored for saving teen’s life

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The UTA board of trustees recognized one of their own after they saved a teenager in Kaysville.

Bus operator Shelly Monson was taking her bus back to the station when she noticed a teen girl on I-15 and 200 North in the Kaysville area.

Monson said she was able to grab the girl before she jumped off the barrier. 

Monson hugged the teen, who she says was overcome with emotion. She also mentioned suicide is something that she doesn’t take lightly.

“I have not really been myself since, but I think that’s because that is so close to my nephew,” Monson said. “He committed suicide. In May it will be four years. I got kids that age and I don’t think a child shoulder ever die. I have buried one, my husband has buried one. It’s not okay with me.”

Monson said she went back to work that same day, saying she hoped one day to meet the young woman and start a relationship with her, hoping to provide friendship and support.

You can call the national suicide hotline at: 1-800-273-8255, or you can download the Safe UT app where you can text or call a crisis counselor, or send an anonymous tip to help someone.   

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