Wednesday, June 26th 2019, 3:05 pm - Pedro Gonzales is being called a hero after rescuing a toddler who wandered away from home in the hot Florida sun.
Gonzales was driving his bus on May 31st, the eleventh anniversary of the day he left Cuba.
That's when he saw the one-year-old boy sitting on the side of the road, shoeless and alone in the hot sun.
"When I got closer to him, he raised his hands, like 'lift me up, pick me up,'" he told CNN.
"That's what I did."
The young boy was about 100 feet from his home.
After 11 minutes, the child's frantic father ran up to them. Mom Latriscia Wilson says he must have snuck out through a crack in the front door.
Gonzales refuses to take any credit and says he was just doing his job, but his community and his boss feels otherwise.
"That's a long time for a one-year-old to be out in the hot Florida sun so he just went above and beyond the call of duty in saving this child's life," says Tom Phillips the executive director of Citrus Connection, the company that employs Pedro.
Citrus Connection plans to honour Pedro next month with its "Going an Extra Mile" award.