His name is Don Ritchie. Ritchie, who died May 13, 2012 at the age of 86 years old, officially saved 160 lives over a 45-year period. He earned the title of the "Angel of the Gap" for his heroic attempts to dissuade people from committing suicide by jumping from the high cliffs known as 'the Gap' at Watsons Bay. His family and relatives states that the lives he saved is not just 160 but probably close to 400. Whatever the number is, Don Ritchie is indeed a man born to save people from their untimely deaths.
For many years, when Don Ritchie spotted someone who looks confused and potentially suicidal people from his home, he would walk slowly towards the person and utter the words "Can I help you in some way?". Most of the time, it works. But according to people close to him, when Ritchie was younger and all the persuasion not to commit suicide doesn't work, he physically restrains the more determined people. By doing this, he risks his own life just to save the suicidal person.
His heroic acts and commitment to save people's lives earned him the Medal of the Order of Australia, the official citation being for "service to the community through programs to prevent suicide". He and his wife Moya were also named "Citizens of the Year" for 2010 by Woollahra Council. He also received the Local Hero Award for Australia in 2011.
"His kind words and invitations into his home in times of trouble have made an enormous difference ... With such simple actions, Don has saved an extraordinary number of lives."Ritchie resided next to The Gap, a cliff in Sydney, Australia, known for multiple suicide attempts. He was survived by his wife Moya and their three daughters.