A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) soldier posted at Bhuntar airport in this district has been conferred with the President’s Award for saving a life, in spite of grave risk to his own.
Talking to HT at Bhuntar airport, Sanjay Kumar, who hails from Ismile village in Haryana, said the central and state governments had recognised his actions to save a person who was trying to commit suicide.
“On February 4 last year, a company employee jumped into Beas river at Bhuntar in an attempt to kill himself. Some passersby saw him and informed me, after which, I rushed to the spot and jumped into the river to save him,” Kumar said.
Kumar, who cannot bear to see anyone in trouble, endangered his life again during the monsoon last year, when he tried to save a cow trapped in the middle of the swollen Beas river.
He hired a taxi and with the help of some locals, pulled the cow out of the fast-flowing river.
About his feat, Kumar said, “It was a great moment for me as I had saved the life of a helpless animal, which we worship.”
He has received a check for `40,000 from the President’s office as a reward for his heroic and selfless deeds, and was earlier honoured by a media group.
Expressing his happiness over the award, Kumar said, “This would encourage everyone to serve the society.”