Devonte Cafferkey, Sammy Farah, and Shawn Young, are set to receive Royal Humane Society Certificates of Commendation.
Three boys from southern England are being lauded for courageously stopping a man from hanging himself. Devonte Cafferkey-Wilson, Sammy Farah, and Shawn Young decided to intervene without a moment of hesitation after they happened to spot a troubled young man attempting to die by suicide. The 21-year-old, who was on the wrong side of the bridge’s safety barrier, was preparing to jump off it with a rope tied around his neck. That's when the residents of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, saw him and rushed towards the barrier to save him. Cafferkey-Wilson and Farah, who were 13 and 14 at the time, managed to grab the man's legs through the railings, preventing him from jumping.
Well done lads 👍— Dan (@hasselldan1983) March 31, 2018
Meanwhile, Young, who was aged 12 at the time, ran towards a woman named Joanne Stammer, who was passing by the area, to help them with their endeavor. 47-year-old Stammer is a registered disabled with Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome, which makes her highly susceptible to blood clotting. However, when she learned about the harrowing incident, she rushed towards the bridge to join the boys despite her condition that prevents her from working. She placed her arms around the man's waist through the barrier and began pulling the 21-year-old back up and was left with bruised arms. Soon 39-year-old James Higlet of Waltham Cross, arrived at the scene and assisted the group in holding the man who was struggling to free himself until the cops arrived to get him to safety.
They should be extra proud of themselves. Well done boys. Super duper hero's #HeroOfTheYear2018 🏅🏅🏅— Angela Morris (@Angiebabycakes6) March 31, 2018
Appearing on This Morning show, the boys recounted the incident with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. "Yeah we were the first to arrive. We were persuading him not to jump. He was crying and wiping his eyes. We said, 'You’ve got family and stuff, it’s not worth it,'" said Devonte Cafferkey. As they were persuading the man against suicide, he reportedly handed them his phone and said, "If it rings, don't answer it." According to The Sun, the incident unfolded in September of 2017 and now all the rescuers are being recognized for their heroic deeds with the Royal Humane Society Certificates of Commendation, an award by the charity Royal Humane Society that promotes life-saving interventions.
The honor was bestowed following a recommendation from the Hertfordshire Police who revealed that the young man would have surely lost his life if it wasn't for the speedy and brave efforts of those people. The Secretary of the Royal Humane Society, Andrew Chapman, announced the honor at the Society’s London headquarters. "There is no doubt that without the quick thinking and action of the three boys, the man would have jumped and would have died. They were the right people in the right place at the right time and showed tremendous presence of mind in acting as they did particularly bearing in mind their ages," said Chapman, adding how this incident was a desirable contract to most stories we hear about youngsters these days.
"All too often these days we hear stories about misdeeds by youngsters. If ever there was a story to balance up the bad ones this is it. These three excelled themselves," he continued. Revealing how proud the boy's parents and their school are, he said, "Their parents, their schools and everyone else should be incredibly proud of them."
Young's mother Carol was left amazed by the maturity of the boys. "I am extremely proud of all three of them, they are all good boys and it's nice that they are getting recognized 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," she said according to Daily Mail.
Chapman also praised the adults for their critical role in successfully getting the young man to safety, saying, "The two adults also played a major role in this harrowing incident and just like the boys, richly deserve the awards they are to receive." Describing the award as a "great honor," Stammer expressed, "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. I am really pleased for them and I hope other children can see it's worth stopping to help someone."