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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Darnell Barton honored by Board of Commissioners

Metro bus operator Darnell Barton was honored at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners meeting November 21 for his assistance in saving a woman’s life October 18. Also in attendance at the meeting was his wife, Petrina, their two daughters, Courtney and Danielle, his mother, Cynthia, sister-in-law, Shamika, and his niece Amari.

On behalf of the NFTA, Vice Chairman Henry M. Sloma presented Darnell with a plague of recognition for his extraordinary heroic deed and said, “Thank you for going the extra mile. You are a true inspiration to all of us at the NFTA, and we are very proud of you.”

The presentation also included a touching video that incorporated footage from the bus camera on that fated day, media clips, news article excerpts, and congratulatory comments from Executive Director, Kim Minkel, Frontier Station Operations Manager, Rich McDermott, and Director of Surface Transportation, Tom George.

When asked about that day, Darnell said, “I feel like I did what I was supposed to do at the time. You know, it’s like sitting on the bench and then the coach calls your number and you have to go play in the big game!” Although Darnell doesn’t feel that he did anything different than any of his fellow operators would have done, many of them recognize the compassion it took to respond the way he did, which was befitting of his nickname, “Big Country;” a big man with an even bigger heart.

To further recognize Darnell’s extraordinary story, there will also be 20 bus shelter posters featuring his picture displayed throughout Erie and Niagara Counties.