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Bus driver rescues toddler from frigid Wisconsin weather

January 11, 2019; 8:38 PM

Public transportation became public rescue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on December 22, when Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver Irena Ivic saved an infant girl who was found wandering in the cold.

In a video that has since gone viral, Ivic spotted the crying child across the street and quickly pulled her bus over to bring the girl into the warm bus. Upon entering the bus, a passenger quickly wrapped her coat around the girl to warm her up.

With average historical temperatures in Milwaukee hovering around 31 F, Ivic's heroic efforts could have prevented a much bigger catastrophe. The child was wandering the sidewalk in a onesie and with no shoes or socks on.

"The girl, who appeared to be less than one-year-old, was barefoot and wearing just a onesie and diaper," the MCTS said in its press release. "Irena comforted the terrified youngster, who soon fell asleep in her loving arms."

The press release also added that the child was cold to the touch.

"It was a chilly day in Milwaukee on Dec. 22 with a high temperature of 32 F," AccuWeather meteorologist Brian Lada said. "While this is typical for mid-December, it came after a stretch of mild weather."

Thankfully, the girl was unharmed and later reunited with her father, according to the press release.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait, the low temperature for the day occurred between 8 and 10 a.m., the same time the girl was found by Ivic. Strait said the AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature showed a low of 27 degrees.

"It was dry in the city on Dec. 22," Lada said. "But being out in the freezing weather without proper clothing can be dangerous, especially for young children."

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