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Proving that not all heroes wear capes, Gary Brooks, a good samaritan who came to the aid of a bus driver, was awarded with a key to the city, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum announced on Thursday.

While working, Brooks noticed a Tulsa Transit bus that had run off the road and come to a stop. Brooks went up to the bus and peered through the window, noticing an attacker beating the bus driver, Mayor Bynum said in a Facebook post.

Springing into action, Brooks persuaded the frightened passengers to open the emergency exit doors in the back of the bus, and quickly moved to confront the assailant.

“God gave me the strength I needed,” Gary Brooks later recounted to the mayor.


Tulsa hero given key to the city

Even as the attacker continued beating the bus driver, Brooks forced him into a headlock, brought him down to the ground and restrained him until law enforcement arrived on scene.

“By all accounts, Gary Brooks saved that driver’s life. He is a hero, and today—to show the thanks of all Tulsans for his heroism—I presented him with the Key to the City,” Bynum added.

While the driver is still recovering from the brutal beating, his life remains secure, thanks to Gary Brooks.


In a world full of hate and depravity, Gary Brooks reminds us all that each and every one of us can make a difference that creates an impact felt across our communities.

Deon Osborne was born in Minneapolis, MN and raised in Lawton, OK before moving to Norman where he attended the University of Oklahoma. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Media and has...