Name: Irene B. JohnsonHonored by The Carroll County Sun...

The Carroll County Sun News Profile of the Week

August 04, 1991

Name: Irene B. Johnson

Honored by The Carroll County Sun for: Receiving the Golden Merit Award from the National School TransportationAssociation for excellence of service, safety program and community responsibility

Age: 54

Residence; hometown: Smallwood; Gamber

Education: Licensed Practical Nursing Program from Springfield Hospital, Sykesville

Family: Husband: Thomas H. Johnson Sr., 58, retired from Springfield Hospital as a nurse; daughters: JoAnn Sersland, 32, in the U.S.Navy; Lois Medicus, 29, a teacher at South Carroll High School; Carol Johnson, 28, school bus driver; son: Thomas Johnson Jr., 27, electronics engineer; two grandchildren

Place of worship: Calvary UnitedMethodist Church, Gamber

Activities/hobbies: Camping, fishing, farming; owner/operator of Johnson Bus Service for last 25 years; active member of NSTA, Maryland Bus Contractors and Carroll County Bus Contractors; ran for county commissioner in 1982 and 1986;

Accomplishments: Was only Marylander to receive Golden Merit Award this year; former president and spokeswoman for Carroll County Bus Contractors; has lobbied for bus safety measures; served as officer in state contractors' association; member of state regional contractors' board of directors; was a National Bus Rodeo judge one year

Recipient's comments: "It was really neat to get the award, but the most humbling thing was reading the letters of recommendation the NSTA received from the schools and the Maryland State Bus Contractors' Association. I'm really proud. I'm proud of our business. It's small, but when it's likethat, you know your drivers and take care of their training. And youcan stress the safety of the children."

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