Heroes don't always wear capes. Sometimes they're in bus driver uniforms.
A Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver is being recognized after she helped a 15-year-old girl escape a man who was harassing and following her and even tried to pull her into his car, TMJ4 reports.
Sharon Chambers was driving her route earlier this week and was about to pull away from a stop when she noticed a girl flagging her down, MCTS told the station.
“I thought she was just running to catch the bus, but as she walked in front of the bus I noticed she was crying,” Chambers said. “I told her to get on the bus and let her know no one was going to mess with her on my bus.”
After the girl relayed what was happening to Chambers, the bus driver took precautionary actions, calling MCTS dispatch, which then called the police. They waited at another location for the police. Chambers even called the girl's grandmother to tell her what happened.
“Don’t worry about it. You are safe. I will fight for you; no one is going to hurt you," Chambers could be heard telling the girl on bus surveillance footage.
"The world today is just terrible,"Chambers told the news station. "There's a lot happening, and for it to be right in my face like that, it was scary. But I wanted her to know that I was there for her."
Now the bus driver is being praised for her good work.
“Sharon Chambers is a wonderful example of how even small acts of kindness and compassion can have a large impact. Sharon, and all the other hardworking employees at MCTS and Milwaukee County, make me proud to live in Milwaukee and serve as county executive. Thank you, Sharon,” County Executive Chris Abele told TMJ4.
The 12-year veteran has received several commendations throughout her career, MCTS said.
Read more at TMJ4.