Raichur: 12-year-old boy feted for escorting ambulance across submerged bridge


Raichur, Aug 15 (IANS): A 12-year-old braveheart, Venkatesh, was felicitated on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day for risking his life and escorting an ambulance on a submerged bridge across an overflowing river in Raichur district recently, a police officer said on Thursday.

"In recognition of his daring feat, Raichur district Deputy Commissioner B Sharat felicitated Venkatesh with a bravery award at the Independence Day celebrations in the state's northern town," Raichur Superintendent of Police C B Vedamurthy told IANS over phone.

Raichur is situated 490 km north of Bengaluru in the Deccan region of the southern state.

The incident occurred on August 10 when incessant rains since August 4 turned the river into a spate and flooded many towns and villages in the region.

As the ambulance had to cross from Hirerayanakumpi village to Gugal village on the other side of the river bank, its driver asked Venkatesh, who was present on the spot, if he knew where the submerged road bridge was to ride over and if he could guide him.

"As Venkatesh was familiar with the 500 metre road bridge, he guided the driver from the front, literally wading the swirling waters over the submerged bridge despite stumbling and slipping on its edge," recalled Vedamurthy.

The incident came to light after a video clip of Venkatesh escorting the ambulance, ferrying six sick children and a woman's dead body, went viral on social media after it was shot by one of his friends standing on the river bank.

The villages are in Devadurg taluk, about 30 km north of Raichur town.

"The Deputy Commissioner decided to reward the rural boy after he became a household name in the backward district and his adventurous act was splashed in the local Kannada newspapers.

"I have told Venkatesh's teacher Veena and his father Devapppa that I would pay for his education fee till degree college as he is reading in Class VI," added Vedamurthy.

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  • Sreenivasarao Lavu, Bangalore

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    Salute to venkatesh and bow to his humanitarian gesture . it is people like venkatesh keeps the society alive . may god bless the child with abundant knowledge and valor .

    Will have to show my respect to DC & SP for the well deserved recognition . hats-off to Mr Vedamurthy for offering to fund his education , very noble act in current times .

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    Great gesture and well recognized too.

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  • saquib, byndoor

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    Salutes to the brave boy

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    Venkatesh, no words to express on your bravery. You guided the ambulance driver carrying six sick children and a dead woman's body at the risk of your own life. God bless you in every walk of life. You deserve the reward but also a national award.

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  • Brian Nazareth, Koppa

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    Not enough....he is truly a BHARAT RATNA

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  • Jones, Manipal

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    The boy trhely deserves to be rewarded. He has taken a risk to his life, feels very Happy he got reward.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    It is good to see youngsters like Venkatesh who was felicitated on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day for risking his life and escorting an ambulance on a submerged bridge across an overflowing.

    It is good of the D.C. to take notice of this brave deed and suitably award Venktesh.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    congratulations to the brave boy.He showed courage ,and a leading quality.wish him all the best.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nashville

    Fri, Aug 16 2019

    While most of the children his age are busy with Mobile Phones ...

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Thu, Aug 15 2019

    Well deserved prize and honor. God Bless You.

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