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Raichur: The twelve-year-old boy, who braved floods and navigated an ambulance is all set to receive the National Bravery Awards given away by the Indian Council of Child Welfare.
The video of Venkatesh wading through the flood waters and navigating an ambulance had got viral couple of months ago. The incident had took place during the devastating floods that hit the norther parts of Karnataka in 2019.
Venkatesh, a class VI student of Government Primary School at Hirerayanakumpe village of Raichur district was playing with a group of friends when he saw an ambulance carrying six children and a woman's dead body get stuck on a bridge that is submerged in water.
The ambulance had to reach Machanoor village in Yadgir district. The driver of the ambulance beckoned the boys for help and without a second thought Venkatesh volunteered and navigated the ambulance.
The video of this act did not just go viral, but several news channels aired the clipping.
It was senior IAS officer P Manivannan, Secretary, Labour Department, who reportedly recommended the Women and Child Development Department to give him a bravery award.
Two children from Karnataka will receive the award and another brave child hails from Karwar. 10-year-old Aarti Kiran Shet, from Uttara Kannada district had saved her two-year-old brother from being gored by a raging cow.
A total of 22 children will be presented with these awards on the occasion of Republic Day on January 26.
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