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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Darnell Barton, 2017 Black Achiever's Award Recipient

Metro Supervisor Leonard Hubbard, former Black Achiever,
pictured with Darnell Barton (right)
Congratulations to our 2017 Black Achiever Award recipient, Darnell Barton, who was recognized at a ceremony held at the Adam's Mark Hotel on October 7.   Darnell began his career NFTA Metro six years ago, and continues to epitomize what it is to be a great driver.  

In addition to his strong leadership skills, Darnell also proved that he has true human compassion when he made national headlines in October 2013 for saving a distraught woman from committing suicide on his morning Metro bus commute.  In the following weeks, Darnell was honored for his extraordinary heroism by various organizations and community leaders and also received a $10,000 reward from (now U.S. President) Donald Trump which was presented in a ceremony at the offices of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. 

Since that fateful October day, Darnell has gone onto become a suicide prevention instructor and active mental health advocate where he can continue to help those in need.  He has also been asked to appear on a variety of television network shows including CNN’s “Ted Talk,” and NBC’s hit game show “The Wall” with his brother Dion.   

Darnell came from modest beginnings and worked hard while growing up.  He graduated from Bennett High School and attended the University of Buffalo majoring in pre-law and psychology.  He is also an active member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity.  Darnell has also participated in the Hard Targets Executive Protection Program as well as the Friends and Family Transportation Programs.  
In addition to driving for Metro and serving the public transportation community on a regular basis, Darnell is a devoted father!   We are truly grateful to have Darnell as part of the NFTA Metro team -- please help in congratulating him on this well-deserved recognition.