Devonte Cafferkey, 13, Sammy Farah, 14, and Shawn Young, just 12 at the time, didn’t panic.

In fact, the incredible quick-thinking, heroism and compassion of the boys, who go to St Mary’s High School in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, saved the man’s life.

They tried to keep him back from the edge, talk him around, and when he went to jump, they grabbed onto him and refused to let go.

As Shawn then calmly rang for help, two other passers-by came to the boys’ aide and the man was rescued.

The three children are now to be recognised nationally for their bravery at the A10 overpass in Waltham Cross, last September.

Shawn’s mum, Carol, has been amazed at the boys’ maturity and said they have “just got on with it” since their life-saving efforts.

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