Davey Boy Smith, Jr. (real name Harry Smith) is a name those who have followed wrestling even a little bit are probably familiar with because his father Davey Boy Smith was one half of the legendary tag team The British Bulldogs in the then WWF.
The now 32-year-old Smith, Jr. grew up to follow in his father’s footsteps by working for the WWE under the ring name David Hart Smith from 2006 to 2011 winning the Unified Tag Team Championship with Tyson Kidd in 2010.
Smith, Jr. was trained by his father who passed away after a heart attack in 2002 at the age of just 39, and by Chris Benoit who committed a murder-suicide involving his wife and son in 2007. His uncle, Owen Hart, died at the age of 34 thanks to an equipment malfunction at a WWE pay-per-view in 1999. So to say that he knows tragedy would be an understatement.
All of which certainly helps explain why Davey Boy Smith, Jr. did what he did in saving the life of a woman on a bridge who was planning to commit suicide.
Writing about the incident on Facebook, Smith said…
I saved a life today and I am grateful I was able to do so. When driving up 16th Avenue past bowness road in Calgary I saw a girl crying and hanging off the bridge with someone trying to talk to her. I stopped and jumped the barricade and tried talking to the girl. And she was crying and an emotional mess and threatening to jump if I got closer. With people on the ground waving her not to jump I decided to grab a hold of her and not take any chances. She started to slide and want to go more as I grabbed a hold her.
Luckily my years of grappling and self defense I knew how to grab her HARD and how to pull her up from hanging off and jumping. She wasn’t exactly small either. I knew not to grab her clothing because she would have ripped though it.. When I yanked her off the bridge finally, I established the mount position as you do in Grappling and did not let her budge. She also said she had a gun too.
She was crying and said she just wanted a hug. But as much as I wanted to hug her I told her I couldn’t hug her because she said she had a gun. And then she squirmed and demanded I get off her. I told her “Miss your not going to move unless I want you to, I’m an expert grappler and your not going to shoot me. We will get you help life is a precious thing and I’m here to help to help you.”
I held her until the police came and the police thanked me for my help.
“I really believe if I wasn’t there and been able to grab her she would have jumped,” he added at the end.
Global News reports that Calgary police confirmed the incident unfolded just as Smith described.
“Life is a precious thing folks. Never take it for granted,” said Smith.
Props to him for stepping in and saving one.
If you or a friend is thinking about committing suicide, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time for help.