A small boy holds his mother’s hand as they cross a railroad platform. Weighed down by a heavy load on her back and hampered by limited vision, she loses control. The boy falls on the tracks just as a train approaches the station.
But in the blink of an eye, a hero swoops down on him, carries the child to safety, climbs onto the platform a fraction of a second before the locomotive passes, and a tragedy is averted.
If you’re thinking that the man who saved the day in this scenario could be Clark Kent’s alter-ego, think again because this was a series of events that recently unfolded in real life at India’s Vangani station at about 60 miles from Mumbai.
When railroad worker Mayur Shelke saw the 6-year-old fall into the path of the oncoming train, instinct took over. “I ran to the boy but I also thought that I too might be in danger. Still, I thought I should save him, “Shelke said. Asian News International. “The woman (with the child) was visually impaired. She couldn’t do anything. “
Shelke, who was a new father, was driven to act. “The boy who [slipped and fell] is someone’s precious child too, “he said Times Now News. My son is the apple of my eye, so that child in danger must have been to his parents. I felt something move inside of me and I rushed forward without thinking twice. “
The entire notable incident could have gone unnoticed, except that it was all caught on CCTV. (Shelke reports that he hadn’t even mentioned it at home for fear of being scolded for putting himself in danger.) In a matter of days, the viral video swept the internet.
The rail employee’s quick reflexes and willingness to act in the face of grave personal danger quickly earned him well-deserved praise. After being honored at a congratulatory ceremony, Shelke received an honorarium of ₹ 50,000 ($ 660) from the Ministry of Railways.
He also received a motorcycle courtesy of Jawa Motorcycles as a token of his esteem. “Mayur Shelke’s courage has the Jawa Motorcycles family in awe”, CEO of the company on Twitter Anupam Thareja. “Humbled by his exemplary act of bravery, truly the stuff of legends.”
One of the country’s leading industrialists, Anand Mahindra, CEO of the Mumbai-based global conglomerate Mahindra Group, was also impressed. “Mayur Shelke had no costume or cape, but showed more courage than the bravest movie Superhero.” Mahindra tweeted.
“In difficult times, Mayur has shown us that we just have to look around for ordinary people to show us the way to a better world.”
(LOOK BBC footage of the daring rescue below).
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