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Memorial held for 'bus hero'

HUNDREDS of people attended a bus driver's memorial service on Saturday in Shanghai to say farewell to a man who managed to apply the brakes of his bus when suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on November 16.

Chen Leping, 48, had been a bus driver for 18 years. On November 16, after he stopped the bus carrying over 40 people, passengers found that Chen was in a coma. Chen, who died on November 18, was later hailed as the "bus hero."

"Chen still cared about passengers' safety even when he had a cerebral hemorrhage. It was so touching," said a woman holding a bouquet of flowers at the service.

"Chen was a warm-hearted person. He always reminded the elderly like me to get on and off the bus carefully. It is a pity that a good man like him passed away so suddenly," said Huang Huixiang, a regular passenger of Chen's.

Chen was the bread-winner for his family of five. Both his parents are over 80 years old and his father has been confined to bed due to illness for over 40 years. Additionally, Chen's wife, Shu Yulan, had just undergone two surgeries. Their daughter, Chen Yi, is at college.

Considering the hardship Chen's family is enduring, Shanghai Baoshan Public Transportation, where Chen worked, offered Chen's family 10,000 yuan (US$1,506) and said it will use the company fund to support Chen's daughter through college, said Tang Xuetao, deputy secretary of the company's committee of the Communist Party of?China.

Chen's death will be treated as a work-related incident by the company, said Tang.


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