NFTA Bus Driver Awarded $10,000 Check from Donald Trump

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - NFTA Bus driver Darnell Barton was awarded $10,000 by Entrepreneur Donald Trump.

On October 18th, Barton started his day as he usually does. He had just picked up students at McKinley High School when he noticed a woman looking down from an overpass at the traffic below.

The woman, apparently, was contemplating jumping.

Barton contacted the NFTA, then exited the bus, grabbed her, and asked if she wanted to come to the other side of the guardrail.

According to Barton, the woman responded, "Yes."

Crisis Counselors were called to the scene to help the unidentified women.

After Barton spoke with police, he continued his daily duties.

Barton received national recognition for his heroic act. He was featured on ABC's World News with Diana Sawyer.

After hearing his story, Trump tweeted this:


Barton received Trump's check today.

Chef's Restaurant also wanted to give back to Barton, offering him four Sabres tickets and dinner at the restaurant.

Click the video for Barton's FULL interview today!