Milwaukee bus driver commended after rescuing toddler from frigid temperatures

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 11, 2019

Irena Ivic has seen a lot during her career as a Milwaukee County Transit System driver, but she was shocked by what she witnessed about 8 a.m. December 22.

- A Milwaukee bus driver rescued a young child who was wandering barefoot on a freeway overpass in frigid temperatures, authorities say. She scooped up the boy and carried him to the bus.

In video released by the MCTS, you can see Ivic driving down the street when she spots the small girl, who was less than a year old and dressed only in a onesie. Surveillance camera footage from inside the bus shows a concerned passenger waiting by the door when Ivic returned with the boy in her arms.

The baby girl was unharmed.

As Ivic called for help, a passenger gave up her coat to keep the girl warm before police and firefighters arrived.

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"I couldn't believe that somebody left the child on the street", Ivic said.

Authorities eventually reunited the baby girl with her father. He said he believes his wife, who he says has a mental illness, took the baby to the church just across the freeway and forgot about her.

On Thursday afternoon, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and MCTS officials honored Ivic.

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

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