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Rail Worker Who Saved Child’s Life Donates Reward Money Toward Their Education

A couple of days ago, we reported on a rail worker saving a child’s life. Footage of worker Mayur Shelkhe intervening went viral earlier this week. He saved the kid who fell onto tracks, after they lost the grip of their mother’s hand, just moments before a train raced along the tracks. 

Shelkhe realized that the mother of the child was visually-impaired and was physically unable to assist her child. So, he threw himself into danger’s way by lowering himself onto the platform and grabbing the child, and then hoisting himself and the child to safety.

The employee of the Vangani station was celebrated by his staff and was recognized by his superiors for his quick-thinking and bravery. Now the Ministry of Railway is rewarding the exemplary Shelkhe, who rewarded him with ₹50,000 ($660) at a recent ceremony.

Shelkhe refused to keep all the money for himself, opting to give half of the money to the family of the boy whose life he saved. He instructed that the money was to be used toward his education.

“I’ll give half of the amount, given to me as token of appreciation, for that child’s welfare & education. I came to know that his family isn’t financially strong. So I decided this.”

MAYUR SELKHE

Shelkhe is a family man himself, and he recognized how terrified the mother must have been.

“The child who [slipped and fell] is someone’s precious child, too. My child is the apple of my eye, so must that boy in peril have been to his parents. I just felt something stir within me and I rushed without thinking twice.”

MAYUR SELKHE

Written by Abigale Racine