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A 12-year-old boy Everbloom K Nongrum from Mawryngkneng in East Khasi Hills (EKH) district of Meghalaya was awarded the 'the Jeevan Raksha Padak Award 2019 for exhibiting meritorious act of humane nature.
The Jeevan Raksha Award is given by the President of India through the
Ministry of Home Affairs for persons displaying an act of courage in saving the lives in cases like drowning in water, accidents, fire incidents, electrocution, natural calamities, rescue operation in mines etc.
Everbloom K Nongrum received 'the Jeevan Raksha Padak Award 2019 from the Deputy Commissioner of EKH on November 04.
The award comprises of a medallion, a small-size replica of the main
medal, a certificate signed by the Union Home Minister and a cheque of Rs.1,00,000.
The award was handed over to the brave young boy who had displayed remarkable courage and presence of mind in saving the lives of not one, but two of his friends.
HIS ACT OF COURAGE
It was on July 17 2019, when a class 3 student, identified as Davin Sohtun (9), fell in a hole which was left uncovered for nearly six months without fencing at a construction site in Mawryngkneng.
Following the incident, Everbloom K. Nongrum rushed and jumped into the hole to save the boy's life.
Again on July 23 this year, another boy, Wanphai Rani (8) slipped and fell in the same hole while playing with his friend. Everbloom K Nongrum, who was there with him, jumped in and brought him out safely.
Following these two incidents, the holes located at the construction site were immediately covered up by the concerned authority to prevent any eventuality.
The award ceremony was also attended by Everbloom's parents, along with the Sordar of Mawryngkneng.
The Deputy Commissioner thanked Everbloom K Nongrum for his incredible act of bravery at such a young age and wished he continues to be a beacon of hope and promise to others around him.
(Edited by Preetty Chambugong Marak)