Golden anniversary: King County Metro operator marks 50 years working full-time 

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Pictured: John Helm and his recognition award from King County Metro.

John Helm never thought he’d have lasted this long, in the same job, the same city. 

But given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream, he said retirement surely could wait. 

Helm reached his amazing milestone Wednesday, March 7, which was 50 years to the day since he first became a bus driver for the Seattle Transit System, a predecessor to METRO and King County Metro. 

Over modest pizza and cake, surrounded by longtime friends, colleagues and family, John took it all in, a little shy at the attention. People praised him for his big heart, his calm demeanor, his professionalism. He was honored with two plaques for his longevity. 

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