Bhubaneswar:16/8/18; 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.
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.”
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
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