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Mississauga Transit Wayne Shepard
City Bus Driver Rescues Woman

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 p.m.

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 letter said.

Ivana Tomas