A worker at a train station in India risked his life to save a young boy who fell onto the tracks — pulling the child and himself to safety just seconds before the train arrived at the station, intense video shows.
India’s Ministry of Railways released footage showing Mayur Shelke springing into action upon seeing the 6-year-old fall at Central Railway’s Vangani station outside Mumbai on Saturday.
Railway officials said in a statement Shelke, who works as a switchman, ignored the train barreling toward him in “absolute disregard of his own life” and lifted the boy to safety.
“He risked his life to save the life of the child,” the Ministry of Railways tweeted. “We salute his exemplary courage & utmost devotion to the duty.”
The pulse-pounding footage shows Shelke dashing toward the youngster, who slipped off the platform edge as he waited with his mother and landed directly on one of the tracks.
The boy struggles to get back onto the platform as Shelke races toward him and manages to get both himself and the 6-year-old to safety just as the train steams into the station, the footage shows.
Staffers from the railway’s Mumbai division celebrated Shelke’s quick thinking during a ceremony Monday during which he was dubbed a “real-life hero,” video shows.
Central Railway rewarded Shelke for his act of “bravery, courage and presence of mind” with 50,000 rupees — about $665, railway officials said.
Seemingly unsatisfied with one act of heroism, Shelke has since decided to donate half of that money to the boy he saved, the Indian Express reported Thursday.
“I’ll give half of the amount, given to me as [a] token of appreciation, for that child’s welfare and education,” Shelke told news agency ANI, according to the newspaper.
“I came to know that his family isn’t financially strong, so I decided this.”