Two teenagers save homeless man from suicide

2019-03-22 14:12
Casey Price and Sanchez Richards. (Photo: MERCURY PRESS/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

Casey Price and Sanchez Richards. (Photo: MERCURY PRESS/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

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Two teenagers have been hailed as heroes after saving a homeless man from jumping off a 6m bridge by holding onto him until the police arrived.

British friends Casey Price and Sanchez Richards (both 15) were walking home on February 28 from a school friend’s funeral in Macclesfield, Cheshire, when they saw a man standing on a bridge over a road.

The unnamed man, in his 60s, was intoxicated. He was threatening to jump but the pair held onto him and refused to let go, telling him they weren’t ready to see another person die needlessly.

"Some of the kids we'd been with stayed on the other side of the road because they were quite scared and they didn't want to get involved. But I just grabbed him and then another guy got out of his car and helped," Casey said.

"One woman got out of her car and told us just to leave him and let him do what he wanted, but we ignored her and I told Sanchez to ring the police.

"I had hold of him but the man was saying, 'If you don't get off me now, I'm going to jump'. And that's literally all he kept saying. He even started trying to unzip his coat to get us off."

The pair had been to the funeral of Macclesfield Academy schoolmate, 13-year-old Tyler Wolstenholme, was killed in January when he was hit by a car while riding his bike.

"I said to the man, 'I'm not just going to let go'," Casey said.

"I told him we'd just been to one of our friend's funerals and I said to him, 'If anything happens to you now, then we'll have to go to another one.'

"We would've had to live the rest of our lives thinking it was our fault that we didn't hold on tight enough.

"Some of the kids were still underneath the bridge too, so if he'd thrown himself off they would've just seen someone drop and would have that image for the rest of their lives," Casey said.

Sanchez noticed that the man had cuts on his hand and face, so he called both police and paramedics to the scene.

"I wasn't really feeling anything. All I thought about was what would happen if he was to use all of his force," Sanchez said.

"I was just trying to blank out everything else and focus on what I had to do.

"When my friend Tyler passed away, I got there 20 seconds after he'd been hit and just to see the paramedics come and see how quickly they reacted was pretty inspirational.

"It's made me think that I'd like to do something like that," Sanchez said.

The mothers of the two teens have expressed great pride in their kids for helping someone in need.

Casey Price and Sanchez Richards

(Photo: Mercury Press,

"I'm so proud. He's such a kind and considerate person, he always puts others first," said Sanchez's mom, Jules Frances.

"People often assume that because Sanchez is mixed race he's causing trouble. Teenagers do have a negative reputation but they're not like that when you get to know them."

"Casey is very sensitive, she always has been," said Sarah Price-Wood, Casey's mom.

"She's so caring with her little brother but she'd help anybody. I'm just really proud of her. I know that all of our kids would have got involved and tried to help. None of them would've just walked away, it's what we have instilled in them."

Police have thanked the teenagers for their courageous actions and also thanked another man who assisted at the scene.

"The man is now safe and well and receiving the support he needs," Inspector Chris Adkins of Cheshire Police said.

Inspired by the experience, Casey is now determined to find the homeless man permanent accommodation while Sanchez wants to become a paramedic.

Source: Magazine Features

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