Bus Driver Sees Age 6 Girl Screaming for Help. Finds Her Mom Collapsed on Road


The Milwaukee County Transit System has quite an impressive team of bus drivers. Numerous stories exist of MCTS bus drivers noticing lost children wandering the streets.

Michelle Mixon has joined the ranks as another honorable bus driver. She made a great impact on the life of a child needing comfort.

The story took place during a cold winter day in Milwaukee, but Mixon’s response to the 6-year-old girl who screamed for her help is heartwarming. The girl and her mother had been walking on the sidewalk.

A red light would be the first blessing for the mother and girl. The red light meant Mixon’s bus was stopped at 76th and Mill Road.

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The mother of the young girl fell right in front of the stopped bus because of a seizure. The next blessing was that Mixon was the bus driver.

The visibly upset 6-year-old knocked on the bus door. “My mommy! My mommy,” the girl screamed once the doors opened.

Mixon hardly had time to process what was happening, but she immediately picked up the girl and placed her on the driver’s seat. The little girl was able to explain that her mom was having a seizure.

She also told the bus driver, “I’m scared.” Mixon responded, “Oh, I know, I know sweetie.” As they waited for the ambulance, Mixon held the 6-year-old. She comforted the child by acknowledging her feelings and reassuring her.

Mixon told WISN, “She was hysterical. My heart goes out to her because I don’t know how many times she has seen her mom go through this.”

The ambulance arrived and Mixon explained that the paramedics would take care of the girl’s mom. The mother was stabilized and put on a stretcher.

In the bus driver’s 21 years of working for MCTS, this experience stands out. According to MCTS, Mixon described it as being “memorable and emotional.”

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Mixon isn’t the only one who’s helped out her community and potentially helped save a life in the process.

It was a routine day at work for Damone Hudson, a bus driver in Dayton, Ohio. Hudson was driving across the Main Street Bridge in downtown Dayton when he glimpsed a distressed woman and was suddenly gripped with chills.

Instinct told Hudson to stop, now, and try to stop a stranger from ending her life. “My adrenaline started to flow, because I was really concerned that she was going to jump,” Hudson said.

“First thing I could think to say to her was, ‘Ma’am you look like you’re having a bad day. Can I give you a hug?'” Hudson recalled. “It was just anything to try to really get her want to come back over.”

While Hudson admitted he was prepared to grab the woman and yank her over the rail if need be, thankfully he didn’t have to. Dayton police officers arrived and managed to bring the woman to safety.

Many bus drivers fulfill their expected duties as they drive through the city. However, their observational skills and presence in the community have accomplished much more than getting passengers from bus stop to bus stop as exemplified by Mixon and Hudson.

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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