A Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus driver has been praised after rescuing a baby boy she found wandering alone in below-freezing temperatures. A passenger can be seen getting up and giving her coat to Ivic for the little boy, who quickly fell asleep in his rescuer's arms. She scooped up the boy and carried him to the bus. "Baby was so scared and cried".
Authorities soon arrived at the scene and assisted the baby, who was unharmed.
A passenger noticed the youngster was shivering so put her jacket around her to keep her warm. The baby's mother had left it alone outside after suffering a reported mental health episode. Authorities eventually reunited the boy with his father.
Milwaukee police told FOX6 News no charges were filed in this case.
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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele awarded her with a commemoration plaque while offering a glowing appraisal of the employee's efforts to save the lost child. "She did the right thing", he said of the five-year veteran with the service.
"She did a lot more than her job". "I don't take that kind of compassion for granted".
The boy Ivic rescued "is the ninth lost or missing child found by MCTS Drivers in recent years", the release states.
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". MCTS later learned the baby is less than a year old. This post has been updated.