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Milwaukee Bus Driver Saves Barefoot Toddler Wandering Alone on Street

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A quick-thinking bus driver came to the rescue of a barefoot little boy who was alone on a Wisconsin sidewalk in freezing temperatures.

Video from Irena Ivic's bus shows the boy, wearing only a red onesie and a diaper, running along the sidewalk of a Milwaukee freeway overpass at 8 a.m. on Dec. 22.

Ivic stopped her bus and ran across the busy street to scoop up the child, who she then brought aboard the vehicle.

"I'm shaking," she said.

Another passenger handed over her coat to keep the little boy warm. The child then fell asleep in Ivic's arms as they waited for emergency workers.

The boy, who was less than a year old, had been left outside by his mother, police said. He was later reunited with his father.

The Milwaukee County Transit System shared the dramatic video online.

a person sitting in front of a window: Irena Ivic stopped her bus when she saw the little boy running alone in freezing temperatures. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Irena Ivic stopped her bus when she saw the little boy running alone in freezing temperatures.

"This is the ninth lost or missing child found by MCTS Drivers in recent years," they said.

Ivic was honored at an MCTS event Thursday afternoon.

"I was so nervous," she said of the incident. "If I am in the same situation again, I will, of course, again help."

Last month, Inside Edition spoke to Milwaukee bus drivers who were commended for helping their community. Among them, one driver helped a blind man cross the street, while another comforted a little girl whose mom suffered a seizure in front of the bus. 

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