Three heroic boys have been recognised for their efforts to stop a man from jumping off a bridge.
Devonte Cafferky, 13, Sammy Farah, 14, and Shawn Young, only 12 at the time, remained calm in the face of something highly serious.
On the brink of taking his own life, the man was then convinced otherwise after the boys refused to let go of him.
Shawn rang police shortly after while two other passers-by came over to help the lads.
The three school boys have now become national heroes for their actions at the A10 overpass in Waltham Cross, Herts, last September.
As reported by The Mirror, Shawn’s mum, Carol, said:
They were coming from school and loitering around, Shawn was telling them to hurry up.
If they had been messing around a bit longer, who knows what they would have come and met instead?
I feel like they were meant to be there to help him.
Shawn told me what happened when he came home.
I let him finish the whole story and the whole way through I was smiling because there was nothing I could add to it.
While trying to keep the man back and talk him out of suicide, he passed the boys his mobile phone saying ‘if it rings, don’t answer it’.
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.
“He was crying and wiping his eyes, we said ‘you’ve got family, it’s not worth it’.”
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His mum said:
It’s amazing to get this award, it’s obviously under sad circumstances but it’s also great that the kids are getting something for what they did,” she said.
I am really pleased for them and I hope other children can see it’s worth stopping to help someone.
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The boys were helped by 47-year-old Joanne Stammers, who lives with Klippel–Trénaunay syndrome, a rare disability that leaves her highly prone to blood clotting.
Despite this, Joanne took over from the boys and held onto the man ‘for what feels like forever’ and was left with her arms covered in bruising.
Another man, James Higlett, also helped in the rescue. All five will receive awards from the Royal Humane Society, a charity which promotes life-saving intervention.
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