When a homeless man was pushed onto the tracks of a New York City subway this past weekend, everyone on the platform stood around waiting for someone else to save him.
31-year-old Gray Davis, a dancer with the American Ballet Theater, who was heading home with his wife, Cassandra Trenary, and mother and watching his wife perform at the Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday night, when they witnessed a man and women fighting violently on the opposite platform.
“As we watched a man and woman on the opposite platform punching each other, Cassandra made Gray go look for security..all of a sudden the woman threw the man onto the train tracks, while a train was due any minute. We were all horrified about what was about to happen as the man lay unresponsive on that track,” Gray’s mother, Janie Krabbe B. LeTourneau, wrote in a post to Facebook.
“At first I waited for somebody else to jump down there. People were screaming to get help. But nobody jumped down. So I jumped down,” said Gray. Thanks to his ballet training, Gray easily lifted the unconscious man up onto the platform as he heard a train coming. “He then lifted himself up miraculously just before the train got there. People started cheering and yelling ‘you are a hero’,” LeTourneau wrote. “I never realized how high it was,” Gray said. “Luckily, I’m a ballet dancer, so I swung my leg up.”
“It was really scary. I don’t know if I had time to process it until I saw my wife coming down crying — then I realized it was scary,” Gray said. “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,” LeTourneau said.
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