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Arthur Levandoski

A driver for the County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) is being credited with saving two young children found in the middle of a busy road in Scranton.

"We're on the road from 5:00 in the morning till 7:00 at night, so yeah, we see a lot of stuff," said COLTS bus driver Arthur Levandoski who saw something on his morning route that shocked him.

"Coming down Providence Road, I see two little children in the road about 2 years old. One just had a diaper, nothing else on," Levandoski said. The Local 168-Scranton, PA, member parked his bus and stopped traffic helping the children back to the curb.

The children's parents did eventually come out and brought the children back inside but Levandoski still called Scranton police. Airing on the side of caution, Levandoski filed a report. There is no word on whether police will file charges against the parents.

Levandoski is a parent, too, one who was in the right place at the right time. "I have four grandchildren and one on the way, and you're looking at them, your grandchildren. I mean, my knees were shaking when I was going after them because where are they going to go?"

Arthur's passengers say he's often the guy who will do the right thing. "If it had been somebody else, who knows what would have happened to those kids? It's a shame," said one passenger.

The ATU salutes Levandoski for his alert action and quick thinking.


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