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Bus Driver Spots Boy With Special Needs Wandering Through Intersection, Becomes Guardian Angel

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Jonathan, a 6-year-old boy with special needs, watched as his ball rolled away during recess. It’s not clear why or how his chase ensued, but Jonathan ran after the ball — and wound up in the middle of a busy intersection.

Cars whizzed past the little boy as he wandered through the intersection, alone and confused.

Cecilia Nation-Gardner, a mother of three and bus driver for the Milwaukee County Transit System, just so happened to leave her layover two minutes later than normal. This simple yet critical time shift placed her at the intersection at exactly the right moment.

In harrowing footage captured by the bus surveillance camera, Cecilia notices the lone child walking in the middle of the street.

Apparently, this incident marks the 10th missing child found by MCTS bus drivers in recent years.

She starts shouting and honking her horn to get Jonathan’s attention and alert other drivers, but her efforts go unnoticed.

Watch the video below to see why Jonathan’s mother now calls Cecilia her guardian angel. “If it wasn’t for her, I could’ve been planning a funeral now for my son,” she told WWNY-TV.

Fate seemed to put Cecilia there, but her actions and quick-thinking made her a hero.

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