Tyrone Hampton and Frank de Jesus are New York City bus operators and close colleagues. To date they’ve lost 30 fellow bus operators to COVID-19. In all, more than 80 New York City transit workers have died in the pandemic.

They had a remote conversation about work and loss using StoryCorps’ remote recording platform, StoryCorps Connect

Top Photo: New York City MTA bus operators Tyrone Hampton and Frank de Jesus in their respective homes. Photos courtesy of Hampton and de Jesus.

Originally aired April 24, 2020, on NPR’s Morning Edition.