Milwaukee bus driver praised for rescuing infant from freeway overpass

Lester Mason
January 11, 2019

Irena Ivic, a driver for the Milwaukee County Transit System, was stunned when she saw a young child running barefoot down a highway overpass on the morning of December 22.

Security video showed the boy toddling down the overpass.

A Milwaukee bus driver is being hailed for rescuing a baby girl found wandering alone one the streets of Milwaukee's south side - and the entire episode was captured on camera.

The temperature was below freezing and Ivic knew she had to stop her bus and save the baby boy, who was less than 1 year old, MCTS said. She carried him to safety, bringing him to her bus.

"Oh, I am too", the passenger responded. 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. It's unclear how long he had been alone outside.


Authorities say the child was cold and frightened, but otherwise OK. He was later reunited with his father, MCTS said.

Firefighters and police soon arrived on the scene.

Police told WISN-TV the boy had been left outside by his mother, who they believed may have been suffering from a mental health crisis.

On Thursday afternoon, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and MCTS officials honored Ivic. Thanks to her quick thinking and warm heart, he was kept out of harm's way.

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