When this 31-year-old ballet dancer saw that no one was moving to rescue a homeless man who had fallen onto the New York City subway tracks, he knew that he had to be the one to act.
Gray Davis was returning from watching his wife perform with the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday night when two people on the other side of the tracks started arguing.
Despite there being a train due any minute, Gray leapt into action.
“At first I waited for somebody else to jump down there,” Gray told the New York Times. “People were screaming to get help. But nobody jumped down. So I jumped down.”
Witnesses were stunned by the dancer’s strength as he lifted the homeless man above his head, and onto the safety of the platform.
“We were all horrified about what was about to happen as the man lay unresponsive on that track… out of no where and just in time we all watched as a brave young man jumped down, and lifted the man high up on to safety like he was a feather,” said Gray’s mother Janie Krabbe B. LeTourneau. “He then lifted himself up miraculously just before the train got there. People started cheering and yelling ‘you are a hero’.”
Gray, who dances with the American Ballet Theater himself, had not been performing that night because he has been recovering from a herniated disk for the last month – but that didn’t stop him from saving the day.
“The NYPD came, arrested the lady, then got our statement, and told Gray he did a very brave thing and no doubt saved the man’s life… the man was rushed to [the] hospital and we pray he will be ok. My son has always made me proud, but I’ve never been as proud of him as I was tonight, out of 2 full platforms of people, he was the only person brave enough to jump down and save that man’s life. This certainly is a day I will never forget in more ways than one,” added LeTourneau.
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Reprint (Photo by Janie Krabbe B. LeTourneau)