The parable of the Good Samaritan tells the story of injured man lying along the side of the road. Jesus told this story when an expert in the law asked, “Who is my neighbor.” A priest and a Levite walked by the injured man without stopping to help. When a Samaritan came across the injured man he stopped to render aid. On October 30, ABC News reported on a story of a young woman standing on the wrong side of the guardrail over of the Buffalo highway overpass. Pedestrians walked or rode their bikes passed the woman, and cars drove by without notice of the woman dressed in a pink jacket. Bus driver, Darnell Barton, spotted her but unlike the others, he stopped the Metro bus he was driving.
The woman stared down at the traffic traveling beneath her on the Scajaquada Express. Barton wasn’t sure if the woman was in distress or not, but he did know she was on the wrong side of the guardrail. He opened the door of the bus and called to her asking if she needed help. Barton had former training as a volunteer firefighter and as a member of the Buffalo Special Police. He knew that once he made contact with the woman he shouldn’t break it, but the rules of his job required him to call his dispatcher.
“It was an interesting situation, knowing what you know and knowing what you have to do. Dispatch picked up. I remember giving my location and saying, `Send the authorities, this young lady needs help’ and then dashing the phone down.” – Fox News
With today’s modern technology, the bus’ video system captured it all. Thirty-seven-year old Barton left the bus as the young woman who looked to be in her 20s glanced back at him. Her attention turned back to the traffic below her. Barton said, “That’s when I went and put my arms around her. I felt like if she looked down at that traffic one more time it might be it.”
With the woman wrapped in his arms, Barton asked if she wanted to come back over the rail to safety. Up to that point she hadn’t said a word, but she said, “Yes.”
The video shows the modern day good Samaritan helping the woman to climb back to safety. She sat down on the sidewalk and Barton sat next to her on the cold concrete. He asked her name and other questions and learned she was a student. A female corrections officer who had been behind the bus stepped in to help. She spoke to the woman until the police and ambulance arrived.
Barton said that “while I was holding her, listening to their questions, I just prayed.”
After it was all over and Barton climbed back aboard his bus he received a standing ovation from the high school students and other passengers who had been watching it all unfold.