2 bravehearts rescue 27, earn accolades
New Delhi: "By his grace we serve". This is generally what a fireman believes in and all his actions are guided accordingly. Rajesh Shukla and Ashish Kumar were today's heroes who, on their own, rescued at least 27 people trapped inside the ill-fated factory that burst into flames on Sunday early morning.
The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) firemen, without bothering about their own lives, stormed into the burning factory with thick black smoke making it difficult for them to progress.
According to Atul Garg, Director from Delhi Fire Services (DFS), Shukla, who was injured during the operation, single-handedly rescued 11 persons. His colleague Ashish Kumar, who rescued 16 persons, told Millennium Post that the whole rescue operation was a well-coordinated effort. "Heat and smoke had made the rescue operation difficult inside the factory," said Kumar.
He further said with the help of the Breathing Apparatus (BA) sets, the team went inside the building. Most of the people were trapped on the third and fourth floors. "After finding the injured people, the firemen carried them on their shoulders and rescued them from the factory. During the operation, the victims were handled with utmost care," he said.
Rajesh Shukla incurred bone injuries while carrying out the rescue operation but he did not care about his pain. He was appreciated by Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Delhi minister Satyendar Jain. "Kudos to young, dynamic firefighter Mr Rajesh Shukla whose brave action saved 11 lives in the fire that engulfed Anaj Mandi factory today. Rajesh ji himself suffered burns & injuries. Many thanks also to Fire Deptt personnel who rescued injured ppl carrying them on their backs," tweeted Dr Harsh Vardhan.
Jain met the braveheart at the hospital and congratulated him for his efforts. Later he tweeted: "Fireman Rajesh Shukla is a real hero. He was the first fireman to enter the fire spot and he saved around 11 lives. He did his job till the end despite his bone injuries. Salute to this brave hero."
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