Surveillance video captured the harrowing moment a Wisconsin bus driver jumped out of her bus to save a child with special needs, and his mom can’t thank her enough.

Cassandra Garrett said if it wasn’t for Cecilia Nation-Gardner, her son might not be alive after he wandered into a busy intersection while chasing a ball into traffic during recess, reports WWNY.

Nation-Gardner, who just so happened to leave her layover route two minutes later than normal, ended up in the right place just in time to rescue 6-year-old Jonathan.

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) driver said in a press release:

“It was meant for me to be there. God does everything for a reason.”

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In the video, she can first be heard shouting and honking her horn to get Jonathan’s attention in the emergency situation.

Nation-Gardner also tries to alert other drivers, but her efforts fail.

That’s when the woman stops her bus to pull the wandering little boy from the busy street.

Watch the video below:

MCTS Driver Saves Little Boy Who Wandered Away from School

MCTS Driver Cecilia Nation-Gardner saved a little boy who was running through traffic after wandering away from school. Another story of #MCTSExcellence!

Posted by Milwaukee County Transit System on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Garrett said:

“If it wasn’t for her, I could’ve been planning a funeral now for my son.”

The 6-year-old crossed a busy street in front of moving vehicles while most cars continued driving through the area.

Milwaukee Public Schools is investigating as to how Jonathan wandered away from Bethune Academy without anyone reporting him missing. His mother explained:

“He doesn’t cross the street without me. He doesn’t know how to cross the street by himself. They weren’t watching him. And then when she got to the classroom, y’all didn’t see his seat was empty? Y’all didn’t notice he was gone until the cops brought him back to the school.”


Jonathan is the 10th lost child to be found by a Milwaukee driver in recent years.

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