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Bus Driver Saves Local WWII Veteran

Updated: 11/22/2013 4:35 PM
Created: 11/21/2013 4:41 PM WDIO.com

Warren Lundeen is 92-years young. The WWII veteran works out three times a week at a fitness center downtown. And he was on his way there Monday morning, when he slipped and fell in his driveway.

"I put my foot down, slipped, and landed on my stomach. I banged my head too," he told us.

Warren tried to get up for about 20 minutes, but he doesn't have much strength in his legs. He was only wearing gym clothes, no winter coat or mittens. And he was getting really cold, in the below freezing temps.

The neighbor girl who was waiting for the bus saw him, and asked him if she could help. He asked her to get her dad. Only her mother was home, and her mother couldn't lift Warren. But the girl mentioned that the school bus was coming by.

Driving that bus was Mike Mercier. He's been driving for Proctor for about 4 years.

"The little girl asked me if I could help her neighbor. So I went over there, and picked him up," Mercier told us.

Warren said it happened so fast. "I didn't even get his name."

We told Warren his hero's name. "I want to thank him publicly, and send him a card," he said. "I am so grateful." So is Warren's family.

Mercier shrugged it off, like it wasn't a big deal. "I just did what anyone would do."

But it is a big deal to Warren. "I could have ended up an ice cube. I would have been picked up on the news as the guy who froze on the way to the fitness center."

He told us he plans on wearing more winter clothing when he heads to the gym, from now on.

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