MTA operator led millions, including son, in safe commutes – NY Daily News

Israel Garcia worked as an MTA train operator for more than 30 years / Anthony Delmundo NY DAILY NEWS

Recently, I nominated my father for a Daily News Hometown Hero Award and the paper decided to write a story on him and he is now a candidate for the award.

Here’s an excerpt of the story and make sure to click the link at the end to watch the video.  A big thanks to the Daily News for thinking my dad’s story was worthy of a nomination.

MTA train operator Israel Garcia was a hero driver for more than three decades to one who knows him well — his own son.

A tearful, and grateful, Ed Garcia Conde, 39, accompanied his 62-year-old dad on his last day of work in August, documenting the whole day in photographs.

“He led millions of New Yorkers to work and back home safely each day,” Garcia Conde wrote in an online tribute.

The son nominated his dad for a New York Daily News Hometown Heroes in Transit award. Now in its third year, Hometown Heroes honors exceptional MTA bus and subway workers whose actions have benefited riders, colleagues and communities.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.