When a six-year old boy fell onto the tracks in front of an approaching train, railroad worker Mayur Shelkhe launched into action.
Shelkhe sprinted toward the boy, who lost his grip from his mother’s hand and then slipped from the passenger platform onto the tracks.
Miraculously, the switch worker successfully managed to grab the child, hoisted him safely onto the platform, and then climbed up himself—mere seconds before the onrushing train sped through the station.
“I ran towards the child, but also thought that I might be in danger too. Still, I thought I should save him.”MAYUR SHELKHE
In an interview with news agency ANI, the hero explained that the woman that was with the child was visually impaired and couldn’t help.
India’s Ministry of Railways released the heart-racing footage of the incident, while saluting Shelkhe’s “exemplary courage & utmost devotion to the duty.”