Sunday 23 October 2016

Dubliner Jamie (17) talked a stranger down from a bridge and is set to be thanked in a big way

Photo: Humans of Dublin
Photo: Humans of Dublin

Ballymun teenager Jamie Harrington (17), who featured on the photography project ‘Humans of Dublin’, spoke of a chance encounter which led to him saving the life of a man in distress on a Dublin bridge.

The story has gone viral on social media after his kindness was repaid in a very special way.

"I saw this guy in his thirties sitting on the ledge of the bridge.

“I stopped and asked him if he was okay but I knew from the look in his eyes he wasn't,” Jamie said speaking to Humans of Dublin.

“He didn't say anything either but I saw tears coming from his eyes.”

After pleading with the man, Jamie managed to convince him to come down from the bridge’s ledge and then called an ambulance.

“I pleaded with him for a while to come down and sit on the steps, and eventually he did.

“We sat on the sidewalk on the south side of the Liffey and talked for about 45 minutes... about what was happening to him and why was he feeling that way,” said Jamie.

“I rang [the ambulance] and he was taken to St. James Hospital. I got his number so I would know what was going on with him for a good while,” said Jamie.

Following his good deed, Jamie kept in touch with the man whose life he had saved and recently received a text in which he repaid Jamie’s kindness.

“And about three months ago, he texted me that his wife is pregnant. They're having a boy and they're naming him after me.

“He said in that moment that I approached him he was just about to jump and those few words saved his life.

“That they're still ringing in his head every day,” he said.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans by dialling 116 123. Their helpline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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