Three schoolchildren at the age of 12, 13, and 14 saved a man’s life who had a rope around his neck and was trying to jump from a bridge and they’re our true heroes.
The boys were coming back from school at the time when they saw the man standing on the edge of an A10 overpass in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire back in 2017.
Immediately, the boys rushed to grab him and prevent him from jumping. One of the boys, who was 12 at the time, Shawn Young, called for help.
The boys were presented with national awards. The boys also appeared on the This Morning TV show and spoke about the incident.
Saving a Suicidal Man’s Life
Joanne Stammers, then 47-years-old helped the boys save the 21-year-old man who wanted to jump.
She is a disabled person with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, a rare type of disability which makes her highly prone to blood clots.
But, despite this condition that prevents her from working, she took over the situation from the boys and held the man. She had bruises all over her arms.
James Higlett, another man who was nearby, also helped in the saving of the man. The 5 individuals all received awards from the Royal Humane Society, a charity that promotes life-saving interventions.
Amazed by the Young Heroes’ Bravery
Shawn’s mother, Carol, was moved by the maturity of the boys and stated she’s really proud of all of them. She considers them all good boys and she believes it’s great they were recognized for doing some good in their community.
Often times, in today’s world, we hear a lot of negative news about young people, so this comes as a positive knowledge. For Devonte’s mother, one of the three boys, this is a huge achievement.
The three boys go to St Mary’s High School in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. For Ms Stammers, even though it’s under sad circumstances, it’s amazing to have such a reward and that the children were recognized for what they did.
She believes that other children will be motivated to help someone if they’re able to.
One thing’s for sure, these 5 people were the right people, in the right place, at the right time and showed immense presence of mind and acted humanely. True heroes, indeed!