This past weekend, Gray Davis, a 31 year old dancer with the American Ballet Theater, rescued a 58 year old man who was pushed onto the subway tracks. Davis, along with many others at the station, witnessed the fall at the 72nd Street station.
The man, who the police said was homeless, was pushed onto the tracks by 23 year old Caroline Mack, who had fled the scene and has since been arrested. (She has claimed though that she did not push the man.) Immediately after hitting the tracks, the man became unconscious and it was clear that he would not be able to get up on his own.
That’s when Davis swooped in. According to the New York Times, Davis said, “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.” With the help of his ballet skills, Gray Davis picked the man up, lifted him to safety, and then swung himself back up onto the platform.
“I never realized how high it was,” he said. “Luckily, I’m a ballet dancer, so I swung my leg up,” he told the New York Times.
The incident occurred this past Saturday, June 3, around 11:20 p.m. Davis, who had just watched his wife, ABT soloist Cassie Trenary, perform at the Metropolitan Opera House was waiting at the station with his wife and mother. He had not danced that night due to a herniated disk injury.
Davis’ mother recalls the scene in a statement released by the ABT Facebook page.
On the way home from The Lincoln Center, Gray, Cassie and I were on the Subway platform waiting for the downtown train to go home and call it a night…then the most disturbing thing I have ever witnessed happened. As we watched a man and woman on the opposite platform punching each other, Cassandra Trenary 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…out of no where and just in time we all watched as a brave young man jumped down, and lifted the man high up on to safety like he was a feather. Shocked, I said, uh, Cassie is THAT Grayson Davis ? She said Yes it is. He then lifted himself up miraculously just before the train got there. People started cheering and yelling “you are a hero”. The three of us have been in shock ever since. The NYPD came, arrested the lady, then got our statement, and told Gray he did a very brave thing and no doubt saved the man’s life…the man was rushed to hospital and we pray he will be ok. 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. (Did I mention Gray has been recovering from a herniated disc for the last month?)”
Davis returned to the stage last night since his injury. However, before his rehearsal, Davis was interviewed by multiple news platforms where he said, “When I saw him laying there, there was no ‘what’s his background, what’s his history, where’s he from’ — none of that,” he said. “It’s a human being. We’re all human beings. And anytime you have the chance to help somebody, please take that.” (NBC New York)
The man Davis rescued is in recovery and the suspect, Caroline Mack, is expected to face assault charges. Davis though, will always be considered a hero.