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Wisconsin State Assembly Honors MCTS Driver Who Saved Baby


MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin State Assembly 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 near 4th and Mitchell in Milwaukee, running across a street and picking up the terrified little girl who was barefoot and wearing just a onesie and diaper.

State Representatives Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) and Kevin Skowronski (R-Franklin) invited Ivic to a legislative session at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday, November 7, 2019, to present her with a Hometown Hero Award.

“On Thursday we honor a mother, neighbor, and public servant who came to the rescue of a child in danger. We are forever grateful for her actions,” said Rep. Goyke. “Ms. Ivic and her fellow MCTS drivers continue to serve our community and have been credited multiple times in recent years with saving the lives of children. Thank you for your service and commitment to protecting our community.”

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. Additionally, within the last year, she was named an “Everyday Hero” by the Milwaukee Bucks, a “Hero of the Highway” by the Trucking Industry Defense Association and was awarded with a Life Saving Medal from the group “Sons of the American Revolution.”

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, magazines and newspapers.