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Anton Kritzinger was so dedicated in protecting a bus driver from a violent male member of the public, that the Auckland Security Officer won the NZ Security Association Guardian Award.
The drama unfolded during a recent nightshift at the Mangere Town Centre Bus Station, when a man started abusing and threatening people whilst throwing shopping trollies onto the road. The situation escalated when he boarded an incoming bus and started to break seats and windows.
Anton acted quickly and placed himself between the aggressor and the driver to act as a human shield. Despite being spat upon, Anton stood his ground and controlled the man until police arrived. Due to COVID-19, the act of spitting on Anton was a very cowardly act, but Anton did not think of himself, only the safety of the driver and maintaining his professional approach.
After the incident was resolved, Anton contacted Healthline and thankfully was subsequently cleared to return to work.
Congratulations Anton for going above and beyond the call of duty to manage such an incredibly difficult situation so successfully. Anton was presented with his award at the Armourguard head office in Wiri, where some members of Auckland Transport attended. Anton is standing with (from left) Allen McKinley (Armourguard Operations Controller), Maurice Banse (Auckland Transport (AT)), Rachel Freebairn (AT), Anton, Henry Hoglund (AT), and Rebecca Magee (Armourguard AT Account Manager).