MILWAUKEE – Navigating road construction is difficult enough – now imagine doing it with your eyes closed. A blind Milwaukee man must make his way through the orange barrels every day, but he’s getting some help from an unexpected source.
Diabetes stole Gene Hubbard’s sight but not his independence. The 69-year-old is still working.
“No, I don’t have any plans to retire,” Hubbard said.
Hubbard takes the county bus, alone, to and from his office every workday. His routine for 20 years, he knew every step of the way – until road construction threw him off course.
“If I don’t have a regular locating point to start from, I may as well be in the middle of the ocean,” he said.
Thankfully, Hubbard found his bearings.
A woman snapped a picture as Thaddaus Turner, a Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver, helped Hubbard cross the street. Video inside the bus shows 28-year-old Turner pull over and let Hubbard take his arm.
What you can’t see is the line of cars that stopped to watch Turner’s good deed.
“I knew I had the traffic behind me stopped because it’s only one-way through there. My concern was getting him across from the opposite direction,” he said.
Turner’s kindness was caught on camera – but Hubbard said, when he’s asked, many other bus drivers have helped him make it home.
“I just can’t say enough about all the bus drivers,” he said.
Before new drivers like Turner get behind the wheel, they meet with passengers who have disabilities so they better understand how they can help.