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MCTS Driver Receives Life Saving Medal for Rescuing Baby


MILWAUKEE - The group “Sons of the American Revolution” is recognizing a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus driver who saved an abandoned baby that she spotted wandering alone on a freeway overpass.

Irena Ivic gained international attention in January 2019 when a MCTS Excellence video highlighting her heroic actions went viral. The video shows Ivic stopping her bus, running across a street and picking up the terrified little girl who was barefoot and wearing just a onesie and diaper.

The organization, whose members participate in service work, educational outreach initiatives and efforts to promote American patriotism, presented Ivic with its “Life Saving Medal” during a ceremony on Friday, April 19, 2019.

“Irena might say she did what any caring person would do, “ said Bill Austin from the Wisconsin Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. “But she had the presence of mind, saw the danger and knew what to do.”

In addition to receiving an official commendation and MCTS Excellence award from MCTS and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Ivic has also been honored by the Milwaukee Common Council and was recently named an “Everyday Hero” by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hundreds of millions of people around the globe have viewed or read about Ivic and other MCTS employees’ inspiring actions, thanks to the MCTS Excellence campaign and the broad reach of social media, TV, radio and newspapers.

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