Sepoy Navaneetha Krishnan D who saved woman from drowning in Patiala honoured by Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande
The man, the soldier, the hero..
“I don’t even know the name of the woman I saved. I just jumped into the canal, it was instinctive.”
On June 16, 2023, Sepoy Navaneetha Krishnan posted in Army field hospital in Patiala, as a driver was returning to base in an army vehicle. On noticing a commotion in a village on the way, he got down from the vehicle and saw an elderly man crying for help to save a woman who was being washed away in a fast-flowing canal. With nobody showing any inclination to save the woman, the sepoy, in the wink of an eye, ran towards the woman who was being washed away in the strong current. After running for nearly 100 metres, the sepoy jumped into the water in his full army fatigues. After pulling out the woman, the sepoy, who has received training in giving first aid, performed cardio pulmonary resuscitation and saved her life.
Today, COAS General Manoj Pande invited the sepoy to his office in South Block and pinned the medal on the chest of the 23-year-old soldier enrolled with Army Medical Corps, for his gallant & selfless humane act of saving the life of a girl. Hailing from Madurai, he is posted at a field hospital near Patiala.