Transit Operator Wayne Shepard went beyond the call of duty when he dashed across a busy
road to protect a young woman from being hurt in an apparent attack.
He was awarded with a commendation letter recently for this act of public service and received
praise from Mississauga Transit Director Bill Cunningham and President Business Agent ATU Local
1572 Vito Tomas for his contribution to the community.
The incident occurred on Hurontario Street near North Service Road on May 22 around 3
Shepard was on a layover before he was to start his next route. That's when he saw a young
woman struggling to get away from a male across the street.
Shepard ran to help her, dodging passing vehicles as he crossed Hurontario Street.
When he approached the male and told him that police were coming, the male picked up a
softball-sized rock from the ground. Shepard waved down a motorist for help and the male ran
from the area.
Shepard followed him toward an apartment building and arranged for emergency service personnel
to attend. He also alerted the building's property manager to the incident.
Peel Regional police officers soon responded and the male was later arrested.
The next day, Mississauga Transit officials received a letter from the young woman's mother
stating that Shepard's actions saved her daughter's life.
"Words cannot express how grateful we are, and we felt the need to commend this operator
for his heroics... in our eyes that's exactly what he is... a hero, and an angel," the