They are the most unlikely heroes one could ever meet. What they lack in body, they match it with spirit.
Now they are flying high, literally, on the strength of their achievements as well as a unique programme — Legacy of Heroes — launched by the US-based helicopter maker. Sikorsky.The programme aims at encouraging everyday heroes and celebrates lives of the ordinary people they touch. Such people are taken for a ride in a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. The programme has already been conducted in Chennai. It was Delhi’s turn on Monday.
Among many others chosen for the ride, Zakir — a hearing impaired boy — was very excited at the opportunity. A class III student, Zakir attends school in the afternoon and works in the Noida branch of an MNC food chain well past midnight. An excited Zakir, told his friends, in sign language, “I am at the top of the world.”
His co-passenger, Rahul Chauhan, 16, helped the Delhi Police in identifying the accused of 2008 Delhi bomb blasts. “I got the portrait of the accused in the bomb blast made. They were finally gunned down by police,” Chauhan told John Shuma, one of the crew members.
A national award winner for saving lives of five school kids, whose van had met with an accident on Wazirabad bridge, Uma Shankar Diwedi, 15, recalled how nobody came forward to help. “I pulled them out of the van and took them to hospital,” he said.
The youngest of them, seven-year-old Hrithik Kumar, studies in class I in Sethi Vidyalaya in Madanpur Khadar, a slum cluster in south Delhi. His father’s modest earning as a daily wager has motivated him to pursue studies.
After the 15-minute ride, when the chopper landed, all of them signed on the helicopter, that carries signature of hundreds of heroes from around the world.