A group of three schoolboys showed courage way beyond their years while stopping a suicidal man from jumping to his death.
The Mirror reports that Devonte Cafferkey, 13, Sammy Farah, 14, and Shawn Young, 12 at the time, were travelling home from school when they discovered a man sitting with a rope around his neck on the edge of an A10 overpass in Waltham Cross.
Showing incredible levels of compassion, the boys desperately tried to talk the man out of suicide. When he went to jump, they grabbed onto him and refused to let go.
It was at this moment Shawn called for help, while two other passersby came to assist them, including 47-year-old Joanne Stammers – who was left with bruising all over her arms from the incident – as well as a man named James Higlett.
All five of the literal life-savers will be recognised for their bravery through an award from the Royal Humane Society – a charity promoting life-saving intervention.
Shawn’s mum, Carol, is understandably incredibly proud of the three boys and their actions, saying she has been amazed by their maturity and that they just “got on with it” after their life-saving efforts.
She told the Mirror “I am extremely proud of all three of them, they are all good boys and it’s nice that they are getting recognised for doing something good in the community
“Quite often in the national news there are a lot of negative reports about young people so it is nice to have something positive.
“They are very young and I marvel at how they are all dealing with it. Every time I speak to them I learn something new about what happened.
“For example, the man was passing out and got heavier for them, I didn’t know that until recently.”
The proud mum went on to say how she felt like they were ‘meant to be there’ to help the man. Elsewhere, Jacqueline Cafferkey, Devonte’s mum, found out the good news a couple of weeks ago and described it as a ‘huge achievement’.
Jacqueline and the other helper Joanne have stayed in touch since the incident, with the latter describing the three boys picking up a Special Achievement Award at the Broxbourne Youth Awards for their bravery as a ‘great honor’.
Overall, it’s just a stunning example of bravery and quick-thinking for the five who helped save that man’s life.