Donald Trump Gives $10,000 Gift To Hero Bus Driver

Heroism occurs everyday in the workplace, with workers doing what's right without ever expecting to be rewarded. And then there are those too-rare occasions when a good deed gets due recognition. Donald Trump has decided to give a $10,000 gift to a bus driver in Buffalo, N.Y., who helped save a woman from taking her own life last month.

Darnell Barton, the 37-year old driver, was on his route driving high school students and other passengers when he spotted a young woman leaning outside the guardrail of bridge over the Scajaquada Expressway in western New York, reported local TV station WGRZ. Barton then stopped his bus to intervene, by gingerly approaching the woman, then grabbing her in a bear hug and then guiding her away from the precipice.

The billionaire real estate mogul, media personality and political upstart caught wind of the story as it began making headlines and going viral. And "The Donald" was so touched that he decided to send Barton a check for $10,000 for his heroism, without having met him. In publicly announcing the gift through Twitter, the 67-year-old Trump wrote:


Barton was busy driving his bus full of high school students and others on Oct. 18 and said he knew something was up when some of the students began crying. He also said that he was moved to act, in part, because he himself has experienced depression over his life. The Buffalo News says that Barton has yet to speak again with the 20-something woman, who has yet to be identified in reports.

"Let's just administer the grace that we would like administered to us," he told the newspaper. "We want a better world? We have to be part of it."

Upon approaching the woman his first instinct was to put his arms around her and hug her, Barton said. "I felt like if she looked down at that traffic one more time it might be it," he told The Associated Press. The woman was not open to a long conversation at that point, he said, but when he asked her if she wanted to be brought down, she said "yes." Barton was then aided in calming the woman by two others at the scene, who had been traveling behind the Barton's bus -- a corrections officer and another motorist, as others phoned for more help.

In bringing the woman back over the rail, Barton tried to distract her by asking the young woman basic questions about her studies. She was apparently charmed. He told WGRZ that she said, "You smell good." After the woman was taken from the scene by ambulance, Barton finished his bus route.

Trump's check was presented to Barton in a ceremony in the offices of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. And next up the bus driver is scheduled to be interviewed on the "Rachael Ray Show."

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rpaulbroker

I remember when Trunp gave the homeless guy who helped save the person on the subway tracks $10,000.00. Oh gee, Trump giving that guy 10 grand is like one of us giving the guy fifty cents.
He is a cheap publicity hound !!!!

November 12 2013 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cbrown6120

WOW....with money like that Trump should run for President and pay off the debt Bush and Cheney created.

November 12 2013 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer T.

The bus driver certainly deserves the reward, but I suspect this was more about Trump grabbing some publicity for himself.

November 12 2013 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sage

Very glad for the driver but is Trump running for office? I would be more impressed with Trump if he actually rewarded the driver without announcing it to Twitter first. When you do something good for others, that is supposed to be your reward. But Trump has to announce it to the world before he even does the right thing. He can't do anything without letting the world know.

November 12 2013 at 3:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rkeeeballs

Well played Donald..........indeed.

November 12 2013 at 2:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dbuttaccio

Glad for this bus driver - so in contrast Walmart fires their employe for doing heroic civil deeds like stopping/catching shoplifters, saving dogs locked inside sweltering vehicles and even a life of a woman being attacked in their parking lot. Go Fig!

November 12 2013 at 9:03 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Steve

And the gobment will take 60% of it.

November 12 2013 at 8:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
topaz59

Good old Donald got lots of publicity for what it is a drop in the bucket to him. He always knows a bargain when he sees one.

November 09 2013 at 12:53 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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td145

You ass, how many other people did anything for him? Besides, Mr Trump has doing this for years.

November 12 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

That bus driver, Mr. Barton Is a Wonderful , good person! Such a heart. Bravo to you!

November 09 2013 at 10:12 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
nam2205

Dear Donald. I like you, but come on ,$10,000???? Thats like me giving a fraction of a cent.

November 09 2013 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rlightb240

How much did you give ?

November 09 2013 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
franco.anastasia

What have you done to deserve anything?

November 12 2013 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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