Bus drivers see a lot of things during their daily duty. They become familiar with roads and buildings as they travel from the same routes every day. So, they understand quickly when they see any suspicious thing around them.
And same happened with both Cecilia Nation-Gardner and Cressida Neal, when both of them saw something unusual during their morning drives on their respective routes in Milwaukee County.
Neal spotted a young boy wandering along the sidewalk, around 4:40 a.m. According to the Journal Sentinel, the boy was crying and barefoot.
He immediately climbed up into the bus when Neal called to him, and he was so distraught so Neal has given him a big hug.
She called the police, who came to pick up the frightened boy and take him home to his grandmother.
The same incident happened with Nation-Gardner a little later, but this time a young girl was crying, clutching her blanket in one hand and a pair of flip-flops in the other as she wandered along the side of the road in her pajamas.
The Journal Sentinel said the girl told Nation-Gardner that she was out early on her own to “find her mom, who lives in another state.”
Unlike the boy’s case, however, the girl’s family was already on the alert and soon tracked her down at the bus and took her back home.
Her last rescue involved a 6-year-old boy with autism who was wandering around in an intersection.
She yelled at the boy, but he didn’t respond, heading back out into traffic, as seen in the video posted by the Milwaukee County Transit System. When she finally got him by the hand, she told him, “We’re going to call the police, OK? So we can get you home.”
Thanks to these vigilant ladies, three children are off the streets. Their immediate reaction saved these children. We appreciate Nation-Gardner and Cressida Neal.