A Buffalo bus driver with a bus load of high school students stopped his bus when he saw what looked like a woman ready to jump off a bridge. At first the bus driver wasn’t sure what the young woman was doing, she had climbed over the guardrail and was leaning over the afternoon expressway traffic below, according to Fox News on Oct. 30. This was caught on the bus video camera and it can be seen in the video above.
His training as a former volunteer fire fighter kicked in so he quickly radioed the bus dispatcher and told them to send the authorities to the bridge before he got off the bus. Darnell Barton engaged the woman in conversation while walking over to her. She made eye contact with Barton, but she didn’t speak.
When he got close enough to her he got her in a bear hug and asked if she would like some help getting back over the guardrail and onto the sidewalk. The unidentified woman spoke for the first time and said “yes.”
He gently helped her over the side then sat with her on the sidewalk until help came.
As Barton got back on the bus, his students gave him a standing ovation, as did other cars who had pulled over when they saw the bus stopped and the man helping a woman off a bridge. The woman was a student and she was in deep despair conveyed Barton.
When Barton returned after his route, he wrote up a report, which was very generic. He didn’t want any attention paid to him for what he had done. People who know him say this is who he is, he didn’t do it for the attention, he did this to save a life.