MCTS bus driver helps girl escape man harassing, following her

Posted at 12:55 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 19:16:42-04

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus driver is being praised for her quick action after she helped a 15-year-old girl escape from a dangerous situation.

Driver Sharon Chambers was on her route Monday, about to pull away from a stop at Sherman Blvd. and Silver Spring Rd., when she noticed a girl waving in her direction, MCTS says.

“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.”

The girl told the driver that a man had been following her and harassing her. MCTS says Chambers drove away from the area in case the man was still on her trail.

Chambers then called into MCTS dispatch, who notified police. While they waited for police at 51st and Silver Spring Rd., the driver called the girl's grandmother, and tried to comforting the teen as well.

“Don’t worry about it. You are safe. I will fight for you; no one is going to hurt you," Chambers can be heard saying on surveillance video.

“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,” said County Executive Chris Abele.

MCTS says Chambers has received numerous commendations during her 12 years as a driver.

Watch video of Chambers comforting the girl: