Today is “Darnell Barton Day” in Erie County.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus driver was recognized this morning by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz for coming to the aid of a woman who was contemplating committing suicide.
While driving his normal route on Oct. 18, Barton spotted a young woman on the wrong side of the guardrail of a bridge over the Scajacquada Expressway. He stopped his bus, which had just picked up students from McKinley High School,and intervened. He prevented the woman from possibly falling onto traffic below. He then guided her back to safety as help arrived.
Poloncarz presented Barton the proclamation this morning in the Edward A. Rath County Office Building on Franklin Street.
Barton has been lauded at several other public events since the incident.