**Bhubaneswar: ** On the august occasion of 72nd Independence Day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decorated policemen, fire personnel and two very brave children with medals in an Investiture Ceremony at the Jaydev Bhawan here in the capital city today.
In his media reactions soon after the Investiture Ceremony, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I would like to congratulate all of today’s awardees, including the very brave children.”
The Chief Minister also decorated two very brave children of Odisha with ‘Jeevan Rakshya Padak’ on the day.
The illustrious kids are Mamata Dalei of Kendrapada district and Pankaj Mahanta of Mayurbhanj district.
Brave little girl Mamata had saved her elder sister from the deadly jaws of crocodile on April 7, 2017 while brave little boy Pankaj had saved three women from drowning in Baitarani river on May 22, 2017.
In her reactions, Mamata said, “My elder sister had been to the pond near our house for ablutions when she was attacked by a crocodile. I found a stick there. I pierced its eyes following which the crocodile released my sister. I pulled out my sister. Hearing our screams, our family members reached there and rushed us to the medical.”
“I’m extremely happy to receive the award from the Chief Minister,” Mamata beamed.
Pankaj in his reactions said, “When we had been to the Baitarani river to take bath on May 22, a woman slipped into the water and was dragged into the whirlwind. To save her, two other women also jumped into the water. They were also drowning. Noticing this, I immediately jumped into the river and saved one first. Gradually I saved all the three one after another.”
“I volunteered and mustered courage as I found no man present there dared to save them,” he commented.
**The Police Medal for Gallantry has been given away to:**
Ananta Kadraka, Constable, Tedyourampa Sabara and Kumar Huika of Rayagada district police.
**The Police Medal for Meritorious Service has been given away to:**
B. Durgaprasad Rao, ASI, SIW, Bhubaneswar
Sk. Anwar, ASI, Commissionerate Headquarters, Bhubaneswar
Sudhansu Mohan Dehury, Havildar, OSAP, 3rd Battalion, Koraput
Satrughna Baral, Constable, Vigilance Directorate, Cuttack
Narendra Pal, Constable, UPD, Bhubaneswar
V. Nageswar Rao, Constable, UPD, Cuttack
Sanjaya Kumar Ray, Sepoy, OSAP, OSAP, 7th Battalion, Bhubaneswar
**The Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Police Training has been given away to:**
Guru Prasad Shiva Sankar Nanda, Inspector, BPSPA, Bhubaneswar
Budhi Bahadur Thappa, Dy. Subedar, BPSPA,
Akshaya Kumar Sethy, Section Officer, BPSPA, Bhubaneswar
**President Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service was given away to:**
Bhimasen Lenka, Station Officer
Natabar Nayak, Station Officer
Kartika Chandra Behera, Leading Fireman
**President Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service has been given away to:**
Dillip Kumar Sethi, Havildar Major
Sridhar Rout, Leading Fireman
Santosh Kumar Mohanty, Driver Havildar
Yudhistir Sethi, Fireman
The President of India has also approved the award for some other Fire personnel which will be given away on Republic Day next year.
President Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service for Fanindra Nayak, Leading Fireman
President Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service:
Debendra Kumar Swain, Deputy Fire Officer
Pratap Kumar Singh, Station Officer
Gouranga Charan Singh, Station Officer
Khirod Kumar Satapathy, Station Officer,
Purna Chandra Rout, Driver Havildar
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