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Without hesitation, ballet dancer leaps onto subway tracks to save unconscious man

What would you do if you witnessed someone falling onto the train tracks?

When Gray Davis, his wife Cassandra Trenary, and mother were on their way home from Trenary’s performance with the American Ballet Theatre, they found themselves in that very situation. What should they do?

Standing on the platform waiting for a train, the trio witnessed a man and a woman get into an argument on the opposite platform. After seeing the argument escalate, Davis went upstairs to find security, but returned without help.

Just as he came back down to the platform the 58-year-old man involved in the altercation fell onto the subway tracks.

“At first I waited for somebody else to jump down there,” Davis told The New York Times. “People were screaming to get help. But nobody jumped down. So I jumped down.”

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Despite the imminent threat of an oncoming train, Davis jumped onto the tracks and picked up the unconscious man and placed him on the platform. Just as he got the man to safety he heard a train coming, he was unsure from which direction or on which track, but he knew he had to get back up on the platform, and quick.

“Luckily, I’m a ballet dancer, so I swung my leg up,” Davis said of his leap up from the subway tracks.

Following the act of heroism, Davis’ mother shared her account of the situation, which the American Ballet Theatre shared on their Facebook page. Perhaps one of the most impressive parts of the rescue was that Davis had actually been recovering from a herniated disc and yet he didn’t think twice about possibly re-injuring himself.

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Posted by American Ballet Theatre on Sunday, 4 June 2017

Only a few days after Davis saved the man’s life — he regained consciousness on the platform, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution — Davis returned to the stage after taking time off for his back injury. Prior to his rehearsal for the evening’s performance the American Ballet Theatre’s artistic director gathered everyone together and recognized Davis’ heroic actions.

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