Shillong(Meghalaya), Nov 5 : The Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, presented the Jeevan Raksha Padak Award, 2019 to 12 -year old Everbloom K Nongrum hailing from Mawryngkneng Village of East Khasi Hills District.
The Jeevan Raksha Award is given by the President of India through the Ministry of Home Affairs for persons exhibiting meritorious acts of humane nature in saving the lives in cases like drowning in water, accidents, fire incidents, electrocution, natural calamities, rescue operation in mines etc.
The award was comprising 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/-.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.
On July 17 last year there was an incident where one boy Davin Sohtun aged 9 years and a resident of Mawryngkneng (Main Road) studying in class 3 at Radiant Adventist Secondary was playing at a construction site in Mawryngkneng C & RD Block area, near a hole which was left uncovered for nearly six months without fencing, which was filled up with water because of the rain.
The boy fell into the hole and his friends who were there screamed for help. Everbloom a student of Class VI in Mawryngkneng Higher Secondary School ran to the site of the incident and jumped into the hole to save the life of the boy by pulling his hair and saved the boy from drowning.
On July 23 , last year in the same site, another boy Wanphai Rani aged 8 years and a student of class 3 at Radiant Adventist Secondary School Mawryngkneng while he was going with his friends to play, slipped and suddenly fell into the same hole and Everbloom who was there with him jumped into the hole and brought him out and saved his life .
At the the felicitation the parents of Everbloom and the Sordar of Mawryngkneng were also present . The DC, Ms .Laloo thanked Everbloom for his incredible act of bravery at such a young age and expressed her wish that he would continue to be a beacon of hope and promise to others around him.
It may be mentioned that soon after the incident, the holes posing a risk to the residents were immediately covered up by the concerned authorities