Most bus drivers are on a tight schedule, but that didn’t stop from this compassionate transit worker from taking the time to help an older b l i n d man maneuver a street that was under construction. 69-year-old Gene Hubbard is b l i n d from diabetes, but he has still been going to work unassisted for the last 20 years. He knows exactly how to get to his place of work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the bus stop, but when the intersection recently went under construction, he found himself in a tricky spot.
“If I don’t have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean,” Hubbard told WITI.
Thankfully, 28-year-old Thaddaus Turner could sense his distress.
When the Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver noticed the plethora of orange cones at Hubbard’s stop, he parked the vehicle, followed the man down the step, took his arm, and helped him to maneuver past the road work.
His job was made even easier by an oncoming car that stopped traffic to allow them to pass – little did he know that the driver, Sydney Kazmierczak, was simultaneously taking a photo of Turner’s good deed so she could sent it to news outlets and praise him for his kindness.
“I feel like I was placed there at the right time to capture this moment!!” writes Kazmierczak. “I am so happy I quick pulled out my phone to snap the picture! Thad deserves to be recognized!!”
Turner, however, doesn’t think much of the incident, beyond offering credit to his fellow bus drivers for the same kindness that they show their passengers every day.
“The route was barricaded, it was rough for me as a driver, I can only imagine how rough it was for him,” Turner told CNN. “I was surprised when I saw it in the news. I didn’t think I would be here right now over something that is second nature to me, and my colleagues.”