Many heroes are those who do good deeds without seeking rewards. Tiffani Lee, who drives for the Milwaukee County Transit System, was just driving her typical route on a Friday afternoon. She saw a little girl underdressed for the chilly weather walking alone along a major street, with shoes that didn’t even match.
“I’m a parent, so I knew no parent would let their children be outside in that kind of weather with a flip-flop and a tennis shoe, no way,” Lee said, according to the website of the county transit system.
Lee’s motherly instinct immediately kicked in and she didn’t hesitate to pull over.
She called the girl over to the bus to asked the 5-year-old what she was doing outside walking alone along a big road. The girl was lost and scared. Lee then took her into the bus and learned that the little girl didn’t know how to find her way home. Lee called the police for help.
When the police officer showed up, Lee was comforting the girl on the bus. The officer then helped deliver the little girl home safely. The story of Lee’s quick thinking went viral and she was recognized by many for her kindness.
When the news broke of her kind deed, the little girl’s aunt came forward with the whole story.
Cheryl Wentland told the little girl that they would go shopping that weekend. So the little girl got up early that morning and left the house without saying a word.
“I promised to get her some shoes that weekend, and I think she had it on her mind, and she always says ‘Wait for you by the bus stop,'” Wentland told WISN 12 News.
“Thank you [to] that bus driver. Thank you so much. I got my baby back,” Wentland said.
Wentland later met with Lee to present her with a token of gratitude. The two women shared an emotional embrace. Wentland gave Lee a golden necklace of the family that has the words “Lord hear our prayers” inscribed on it.
“It’s people like you that make people want to live every day,” Wentland told Lee during their meeting. “You’re the one that helped her get home,” she said.
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