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Fire service personnel involved in ‘Operation Radha’ felicitated

 Nine Fire Services personnel who rescued three-year-old Radha from a borewell hole in Angul district were felicitated at the Police Headquarters in Cuttack.

According to DG Fire Services, BK Sharma, “The manner our fire officials undertook the challenge and rescued the child with great precision is really commendable. They conducted this risky operation with great success without any prior experience or training. Though the media have highlighted their efforts, we decided to felicitate them in our own way to boost up their morale.”

Assistant fire officer Sarbeswar Baral, Sri Mishra Kissan and Nirmalya Baral of Angul Fire Station, Prakash Behera, Suryakanta Samal, Satyanarayan Khuntuli, Prasant Kumar Nayak and Alekha Chandra Rout of Bamur Fire Station were felicitated in the programme at the DG Office. “We got information that a three-year-old girl had fallen in the open bore well pit. I informed the higher district fire authorities who directed me to swing into action immediately. It took us more than one hour to reach the spot. On reaching, we saw the child was stuck in the mid way of the pit around 23-24 feet. I immediately arranged for a JCB from the nearby construction site. The district administration officers had also reached by then and helped us,” said Prakash Kumar Behera, in-charge, Bamur Fire Station. “It was a really challenging task and I think this is the first of its kind in Odisha. Our joy and happiness knew no founds when the girl was rescued safe and sound. It was the best moment in my 35 years of service,” he further added.

The DG further said, “In this way, a tradition is being started. If the fire officials do any such commendable job, they would be summoned to the headquarters office and be felicitated. We have also asked the government to announce cash awards for them.”


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