D.C. Metro train operator hailed for her commitment to God, public service

If you’re tired – and why wouldn’t you be – of watching Mark Sanford apologize to everyone he can seemingly think of for his shameful affair, take a moment to pray for a woman who, by all accounts, exemplified public service.

Jeanice McMillan was the train operator of the Washington, D.C. Metrorail train which slammed into another train Monday afternoon, killing nine.

At first there were concerns she might have failed depress the emergency brake or was texting at the time of the crash. The subsequent investigation revealed neither was true.

McMillan activated the brake. Her cell phone was found in her backpack.

A native of Buffalo, McMillan was credited by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty on down for her public service. Before climbing the ranks to become a train operator, McMillan worked for the Postal Service.

McMillan was a regular attendee at Washington’s Temple of Praise where she was hailed for her relationship with God as much as her dedication to her passengers.

“God, as we stand here before you, this is one of those difficult days,” said Gene Staples, McMillan’s pastor. “Only you can help now. Only you can fix it now.

“Because she really knew God, her life is just beginning.”

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