This bus driver was in the right place at the right time, and thanks to his quick thinking, a young life was rescued.
When a 3-year-old toddler went missing in June 2015 outside Milpitas Public Library in North Carolina, Tim Watson, a Valley Transportation Authority bus driver, was on duty when he noticed a man carrying a crying boy on his bus.
Watson saw the resemblance to the description police had put out, so he had an idea.
“I started asking passengers about a missing green backpack,” Watson told ABC News.
“What I’m trying to do is get to the perpetrator,” and he pretended to be searching for the missing luggage, but in reality it was an opportunity to call the police.
The police were waiting at the Fremont BART station to apprehend the 23-year-old man, Alfonso Edington, and rescue the little boy. It is believed Edington was suffering from mental problems, as he had recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Reality set in for Watson when he realized the enormity of the situation.
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“I became very emotional,” said Watson, a father of two. “This could have been my child that was abducted.”
“What if I didn’t read that message until I got to Fremont BART?” he wondered.
VTA General Manager Nuria Fernandez later published a statement on the incident, praising Watson:
“We are so proud of the entire team of law enforcement and transit employees for their professionalism and heroism that resulted in a young child being reunited with his family.
“Operator Watson was an integral part of that team effort, putting to perfect use the tools he was given in operator training combined with his innate composure and astuteness that resulted in a very happy ending.”
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