Heroic Bus Driver Saves Woman from Jumping off Bridge


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Darnell Barton drives a bus in Buffalo, New York. On October 18, he was driving about 20 high school students on an overpass over an expressway when he saw a woman standing on the other side of the guardrail.

You can see footage of the encounter in the video above. Mr. Barton stopped the bus, opened the door and asked if she needed help. Then he got out and hugged her. He asked if she wanted to come back over the guardrail. She said yes and Mr. Barton helped her across.

A few minutes later, an ambulance arrived to take the woman away. Mr. Barton then went back to work, but not without recognition for what he had done:

When the ambulance drove away, Barton got back on his bus — and received a standing ovation from the high school students and other passengers who'd been watching through the windows. He finished his route, wrote up a report and went home.

"Being the humble individual that Darnell is, he didn't write it in a way that was going to call attention to himself," said C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. "It was: I did it, got back on my bus and continued. That speaks volumes about his demeanor and character."

-via Gawker


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