Cyclone Ockhi: Appreciation galore for cop who rescued stranded man
Kochi: Andrews, the civil police officer in Kannamali police station, still receives appreciation from all over the state for his brave act of saving an elderly man during the sea attack at Chellanam following the cyclone Ockhi. Andrews keep receiving calls from police, natives and even from abroad.
The video of the policeman saving an elderly man who was trapped in a house in the coastal flood at Chellanam had gone viral on social media. Andrews took part in the rescue mission in Chellanam Bazar. People were evacuated from the area, when the sea turned violent unexpectedly. Antony, a 75-year-old, was stuck in a house as his leg was injured. Andrews took him on his shoulders and saved from the spot.
In response to the appreciation received, Andrews said that people keep calling from distant places to laud his act. 'I didn’t expect any honour for rescuing people. The situation was so crucial and it was my duty to save him at any rate. People began calling me after the video went viral and the media reported it. I thank everyone for the honour,' Andrews said. Alappuzha Pallithodu native Andrews joined the service 12 years ago.
Commissioner M.P. Dinesh contacted him to convey regards, and Kochi City Police Association and Retd. Police Association presented him with gifts. KVH Group Director K. V. Usman and Manager Somasundaram visited the refugee camp at Chellanam all the way from Perinthalmanna in Malappuram district, and presented gifts to Andrews for the brave act. Kannamali sub-inspector Thrideep Chandran also presented him gifts.