Darnell Barton, 37, had just picked up 20 high school students on the afternoon of October 18 and was driving over a bridge when he spotted a woman standing along the railing on an overpass, leaning over the traffic below.
He pulled over and counseled her into coming down, leading real estate mogul Trump to write a letter saying: ‘Your quick thinking resulted in a life being saved and for that you should be rewarded.’
Although Trump didn’t personally hand Barton the reward check, the $10,000 was passed through Mayor Byron W. Brown’s office to be handed to the bus driver.
Trump wrote: ‘Although I know to you it was just a warm-hearted first response to a dangerous situation… it saved her life.’
Barton was also interviewed by celebrity chef Rachael Ray on Wednesday for her daytime TV show.
Barton has not spoken to the woman he helped save since the incident, but says he plans to do so when the situation deserves.
He has not yet decided what to do with his check but has spoken of starting a foundation.
‘I have my personal executive board, called my wife. We haven’t sat down and had an opportunity to plan or anything of that nature yet’, he said to the Buffalo News.
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