A Milwaukee bus driver is being hailed a hero after she saved a boy she spotted walking alone at an intersection on May 15.
Driver Cecilia Nation-Gardner had pulled to a stop when she noticed the unattended boy wandering around in the middle of the street. The driver honked her horn to get the young lad’s attention and alert other drivers, but no one seemed to notice.
The concerned driver jumped out of her bus and carefully brought the boy to safety on her vehicle. She called police, who arrived in minutes.
Officers tied the boy's shoe and asked him where he'd come from. It was discovered that the 6-year-old, who has a disability, had wandered from school.
Police eventually reunited the boy with his family and the driver was hailed a hero.
In a twist, Nation-Gardner was not even supposed to be at that intersection at that specific moment in time; fate seemed to put her there.
"I ended up leaving my layover two minutes later than normal," she told the Milwaukee County Transit System. "That’s why I say I was in the right place at the right time. It was meant for me to be there. God does everything for a reason."
The Milwaukee County Transit System released video of the rescue and said that it was the 10th lost or missing child their drivers have saved in recent years.