CHESTNUT, HERTFORDSHIRE (ENGLAND) — Three young teens will be recognized and honored for their heroic acts, recently saving a man from suicide.
According to Mirror U.K., the teens — Devonte Cafferkey, 13, Sammy Farah, 14, and Shawn Young, 12 — were coming home from St. Mary’s High School when they found themselves in a strange situation.
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As follows, the source paints a depiction of the attempted suicide they witnessed at the A10 overpass in Waltham Cross.
“A deeply troubled man was sitting on the edge of an overpass with a rope around his neck about to take his own life.”
Instantly, their collective compassion took over; interestingly enough, they didn’t panic. The Mirror reports that the teens tried to keep him back from the edge. They ended up talking him around a bit.
The source says he gave the teens his phone and told them, “If it rings, don’t answer it.”
When he went for the jump, Cafferkey, Farah, and Young grabbed him and refused to let go.
Reportedly, Shawn called for help, and two other passers-by came to assist.
According to the source, one of those helpers was 47-year-old Joanne Stammers — who is a registered disabled with Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome.
NOTE: Klippel-Trénaunay syndrome is a rare disability which makes her incredibly sensitive to blood clotting, as reports the source and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
She took over for the teens and held on to the man, leaving bruises across her arms due to her condition. She said it seemed like “forever.”
The other helper was James Higlett, Mirror notes. At the end of the day, the man’s life was saved by their efforts.
The source mentions that all five heroes are set to receive awards from the Royal Humane Society.
Joanne says it’s a great honor. However, she focuses on the teens with the following statement.
“It’s amazing to get this award; it’s obviously under sad circumstances, but it’s…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.”
But, that’s not all for the three teens. They’re also going to be nationally recognized for their bravery and heroism; the source mentions they’ll receive Special Achievement awards at the Broxbourne Youth Awards.
They were nominated by the Hertfordshire Police.
Carol, Young’s mother — 52 years of age, was and is amazed at the teens’ maturity in the situation. She says they were just messing around on their walk home that day.
“If they had been messing around a bit longer, who knows what they would have…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…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,” Carol mentions. “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.”
Likewise, Jacqueline Cafferkey — Devonte’s mom — found out the outstanding news regarding their awards and recognitions a couple of weeks ago. She describes it all as a “huge achievement” for the teens.
And, she’s absolutely right about it. Awesome job! These teens deserve the best for their hearts of gold.
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