A Milwaukee bus driver is being hailed a hero after coming to the rescue of a 5-year-old boy who was crying and wandering alone and barefoot in the street after midnight, ABC7 News Chicago.
Denise Wilson was driving her bus when she saw the little boy dressed only in short pajamas on January 28, in temperatures below 30 degrees.
“He came out of nowhere, out of nowhere,” Wilson told WISN. “I just happened to look over and heard him crying and he was just running up Center [Street].”
Wilson said the boy was visibly shivering, so she wrapped him in her coat and carried him to a nearby gas station. She bought him some snacks to calm him down, and a man inside gave him a hoodie, according to CBS News. She then called the police.
Video surveillance footage from the bus shows Wilson leaving the bus and then coming back and carrying the child onto the bus. She sits him down, asks him if he is still cold, and pulls a jacket from behind her driver’s seat to put him over him.
Wilson kept him warm on the bus until the police arrived.
“He ended up falling asleep on the bus. He ate his snack and fell asleep.”
Milwaukee police said the boy had wandered away from home “by mistake.”
Wilson, who has only been a bus driver for six months, told WISN following the incident, “I’m a child of God, and a lot of times we try to do what’s right when we see something happening, and if we’re there to help and have the ability or means to do it, that’s what we’re supposed to do, so I don’t look at it as being a hero just being there to help.”
Police say the boy’s family is not under investigation by child protective services.
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