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A bus driver who stopped to help a woman who looked like she was about to jump off a bridge has been given a reward by billionaire Donald Trump.
Mr Trump was so impressed by the actions of Darnell Barton in New York he handed him a $10,000 (£6,280) gift.
Mr Trump said: “I thought that was so beautiful to see. I think he is a great guy with an amazing heart and I said that man should be rewarded.

“Frankly, I’m very honoured to help him out … The way he handled it was brilliant.”

Mr Barton, 37, gained worldwide fame after on-board CCTV footage showed him stopping the bus on a freeway overpass on October 18.

The footage showed Mr Barton approach a woman who was standing on the wrong side of the bridge’s guardrail.

The woman, believed to be a student in her 20s, looked at Mr Barton before staring down at the road beneath the bridge.

“That’s when I went and put my arms around her,” father-of-two Mr Barton said after the dramatic rescue.

“I felt like if she looked down at that traffic one more time it might be it.”

Quick-thinking Mr Barton placed the woman in a bear hug and helped her return to the safe side of the barrier.

The video showed the two sit down on the concrete walkway.

“Whatever was on her mind, it had her. It really, really had her,” the bus driver said.

A female prison officer stopped her car behind and came to the woman’s assistance while a police patrol and ambulance were sent to the scene.

Afterwards, Mr Barton returned to his bus where he got a standing ovation from the passengers.

Mr Barton then finished his usual bus route, wrote up a report on the incident and went home.



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