Thursday, 17 January, 2019

United States bus driver rescues child found wandering barefoot

Video shows bus driver rescuing baby wandering alone near road Milwaukee bus driver praised for rescuing infant from freeway overpass
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2019, 14:16

Bus driver Irena Ivic had started her morning just like any other when she was shocked to see the baby boy on the side of the road in Milwaukee in the USA state of Wisconsin in December.

Ivic, who will be honored Thursday by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, spotted a boy alone on a freeway overpass near 4th and Mitchell.

As Irena called for help, a passenger gave up her coat to help keep the baby warm. She runs up to him, he stretches out his arms and she takes him into hers and darts back to the bus.

A Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus driver has been praised after rescuing a baby boy she found wandering alone in below-freezing temperatures.

"She did a lot more than her job".

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A passenger on the bus took off her winter coat and draped it around the baby girl, who was cold to the touch. Authorities said the child was cold and frightened, but otherwise OK.

Police officers, firefighters and transit security officers came to the scene.

The child was eventually reunited with its father. Police say the child had been left outside by its mother who may have been suffering from a mental health crisis. MCTS later learned the baby is less than a year old.

"[The] baby was so scared, and cried", Ivic, a mother of two, explained during the MCTS award ceremony yesterday, published in full by ABC-affiliated news outlet WISN.

MCTS drivers have found nine lost or missing children in recent years, according to their website.

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