BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The story of a local bus driver who saved a woman on the ledge of a bridge has made headlines around the world, and now Darnell Barton will be rewarded for his heroics.
On Monday, News 4’s George Richert sat down with Darnell Barton, who pulled over his bus and pulled a suicidal woman to safety after spotting her standing on the other side of a the railing over Route 198.
Since then, Darnell’s story has been seen on the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning, and in newscasts and newspapers in the United Kingdom, Australia and elsewhere.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | See our full interview with Darnell here. His story is now making headlines across the nation
The heroic action is getting some attention from Donald Trump. The multi-billionaire tweeted, “The bus driver who saved the woman from jumping off the bridge was really cool. Great guy. I'm going to send him $10,000. He deserves it!”
On Friday, News 4 spoke with Trump, who explained, "Well, I was watching the news and it became a big story on the news, and I watched a man walk by this girl who was in serious distress like nothing was going on, then I watched somebody else walk by like absolutely nothing was wrong or nothing was happening and then I saw Darnell stop his bus loaded up with children and people and so beautifully walk over so calmly and convince this woman who is is in serious trouble to get off the bridge. I thought it was so beautiful to see. I think he's a great guy; I think he has an amazing heart. And I said that man should be rewarded."
Trump said he doesn't know if Darnell needs the money, but feels honored that he can provide this reward for the NFTA bus driver.
"I think he's a fantastic guy and a real winner and the way he handled it was brilliant," Trump said.
Trump said he's currently in Florida, but first thing Monday morning when he returns to his office, he will sign the check.
Next week, Darnell will appear on the Rachael Ray show, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. on Channel 4.
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