Metro recognises track-record and extraordinary actions of underground workers
Metro de Madrid has paid tribute today to the service record of underground professionals, both for their length of service in the public company and for extraordinary actions at incidents that have taken place in the underground over the last year.
The Regional Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure and Chairman of Metro de Madrid, Ángel Garrido, highlighted the professionalism, commitment and excellence in values”, of the workers of Metro de Madrid, at the event to pay tribute to them that he presided over today at the Engine Shed in Pacífico.
“You are all ‘metreros’, a moniker I would dare to say has the greatness of a title. There are jobs which, due to the service provided, are transcendental and pervade pride and dignity. That is the case with the group of professionals of Metro de Madrid – some 7,000 people whom with great constancy and dedication ensure that we return home safely and on time”, stated the regional councillor.
Among the workers awarded are the noteworthy actions of two sector heads, who avoided the closure of an entrance hall at Tribunal station by channelling a large water leak from works on the surface. Another of the most important cases was a line manager who found a missing child at Villaverde Alto station, after tracing the movements of her Public Transport Card, revising security cameras and searching for her.
Similarly, the assistance of a passenger who was unconscious by another sector head was also awarded, who practised CPR until the arrival of the emergency services. The rapid reaction of two train drivers was also recognised who managed to apply the brakes in time to the trains they were driving, thus avoiding running over two passengers who had fallen on to the line.
As regards security guards, there was a noteworthy incident where a group of guards tried to stop an attack by two groups of graffiti artists who were extremely aggressive. Similarly, and among other actions, the excellent attention by several security guards towards a passenger who was thrown onto the track by another individual in Argüelles station also received a mention.
The work was recognised of two national police officers in an investigation that led to them identifying and arresting several groups of graffiti artists that acted in various underground stations on the night of 31 October 2018 and the following nights. During these incidents, several people were injured and there was significant material damage to the underground facilities.
GREAT PEOPLE BEHIND A GREAT COMPANY
In addition to these mentions for worthy actions, Metro de Madrid also paid tribute to the track-record of 16 employees who have worked for the Madrid underground for 44 years in 2019.
By paying tribute, they are being thanked for their commitment to the company they have given their life’s work to and their professionalism, contributing over all these years to ensuring that Metro de Madrid could continue to grow and offer a quality service in the different areas in which each one has undertaken his or her activities.
“Behind a great company like Metro, there are always great people. What we are rewarding today never sought to be anything more than public service”, underlined the regional councillor.
Lastly, Ángel Garrido recalled that “if the raison d’etre of cities is to bring people together, then Metro is a facilitator of this meeting point. If we have a public transport culture, then our almost 300 km of underground is one of the reasons why”.