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Bills recognize WNY hero

Posted by Hannah Buehler on November 4, 2013 – 11:28 am

Darnell Barton meets with C

It was a Sunday to remember for Western New York hero Darnell J. Barton, as he was invited to the Bills vs. Chiefs matchup, and recognized for his outstanding citizenship earlier in the week.

Last week, Barton saved a troubled woman from jumping off a Buffalo bridge by stopping his bus to help the woman to safety, after others passed the scene. The NFTA bus driver says he did what he knew he should do in that moment.

“I did what I knew was right,” said Barton. “The response was normal, it was natural. I would do it again, and again, and again, but not for any recognition but because it was the right thing to do.”

Darnell was thanked by the Buffalo Bills organization for being an outstanding Western New York citizen. He had an opportunity to meet and talk with Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon, Head Coach Doug Marrone and a handful of Bills players.

“I appreciate all you have done,” Coach Marrone said to Barton. “You’re a good citizen and good model for everyone. I would try to do the same thing in the Bronx- that’s what my grandmother taught me, too.”

Barton is a football guy through and through, and in that moment on the thruway, he describes feeling like coaches were calling on him to make a big play.

“I used to play football, and when the coach called me up from the bench, I knew it was time to go,” said the Western New York hero. “It was my turn to help the team and be a team player. I think that’s what I did for that woman.”

We thank you, Darnell for being an outstanding team player.


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