NFTA Bus Driver Receives National, Local Recognition for Heroic Act

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - An NFTA bus driver is being hailed a hero after saving a woman's life almost two weeks ago, and he's now gaining national recognition.

The latest gesture of appreciation comes out of North Tonawanda, where cub scout pack 185 has started a account to collect money for Darnell Barton.

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

Click the video to hear what Barton had to say about what happened on that day.

Although most heroes don't usually receive a cash reward for their bravery, the scouts wanted to do something nice for him, hoping he'll donate the money or take his family out for a nice dinner.

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