Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Milwaukee bus driver rescues toddler wandering in the cold

Milwaukee bus driver rescues toddler wandering in the cold

Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) driver Irena Ivic spotted the boy, wearing only a red onesie and no shoes, running down the sidewalk at 8 a.m. on December 22, 2018.

The child, who appeared to be less than one-year-old, was barefoot and wearing just a onesie and diaper.

The rescue was captured on the bus surveillance cameras. She scooped up the boy and carried him to the bus.

She then rushes back to the vehicle, where some passengers look on.

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The parents were eventually reunited with the child and no charges have been filed.

"[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.

"Oh my God, I'm shaking", Ivic can be heard saying when she returns to the bus with the girl. She has worked for the MCTS for five years.

On Thursday afternoon, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and MCTS officials honored Ivic. "I used to be a teacher and I have children of my own, so I'm so happy I was able to help this sweet, innocent baby", Ivic said.

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When asked about what happened Ivic herself, who is originally from Serbia, told reporters, "If I find myself in same situation, I will of course help, always".

Irena Ivic is a driver for the Milwaukee County Transit System.

She said she was just glad she could keep him safe.

This is the ninth time a lost or missing child has been found by a Milwaukee County Transit System driver in recent years, according to the release.

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