MAWRYNGKNENG: Everbloom K Nongrum — a 12-year-old boy of Meghalaya was awarded the 'Jeevan Raksha Padak -2019' for his act of bravery in saving two children from drowning at Mawryngkneng village in East Khasi Hills district of the State last year. Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo presented the award to him. Presenting the award, the DC thanked Everbloom K Nongrum for his act of bravery at such a young age and hoped that he will continue to be an inspiration for many.
Everbloom's parents were also present with him on the day of felicitation. The award is given by the President of India through the Ministry of Home Affairs for persons exhibiting meritorious acts of human nature in saving the lives in cases like drowning in water, accidents, fire incidents, electrocution, natural calamities, rescue operation in mines etc. The award comprises a medal, a small replica of the medal, a certificate signed by the Union Home Minister and a cheque of Rs 1,00,000.
Everbloom, a sixth-standard student from Mawryngkneng Higher Secondary School, saved the lives of children in two different incidents. On July 2019, Davin Sohtun — a student of Class-III — while playing at a construction site fell into the hole (of 3 meters depth and 4×4 meter in width) filled with water. The hole was left uncovered and was without fencing for nearly six months.
When everyone screamed for help, Everbloom rushed to the spot and jumped into the hole to save the life of Sohtun. He had also saved Sohtun's friend, who also slipped down from the same hole after a few days.
The hole was later covered by the authorities concerned. (Agencies)
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