Joel Gardner

Public transit runs by him

Posted: June 3, 2018 at 5 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO "If [Joel Gardner] tells you something, he's one of those guys you can write it down -- it's going to happen. There aren't that many people anymore you can put your trust into, and this guy is 100 percent trustworthy." -- Steve DeLancey
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO "If [Joel Gardner] tells you something, he's one of those guys you can write it down -- it's going to happen. There aren't that many people anymore you can put your trust into, and this guy is 100 percent trustworthy." -- Steve DeLancey

Nothing good happens after midnight. That's something Ozark Regional Transit's executive director Joel Gardner learned when he answered his phone at 1:03 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2017. Sure enough, the news was bad -- and it would quickly become worse.

Through Others’ Eyes

Joel Gardner

“Most people that know him know that he’s a genuinely good guy. He would give you the shirt off of his back to help you — he’s always looking for somebody to help.” — Steve DeLancey

“In a remarkable amount of time, he was able to put a variety of vehicles back on the road — it is tremendous how he responded to that situation.” — Adam Waddell

“Joel rode with me when I was a police officer in Reno, as a reserve, and he got to get in difficult situations. I saw that he had a tremendous amount of empathy and fire when it comes to getting the job done. He’s a continual thinker. He’s thinking outside the box all the time.” — Ray Eccles

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