He Saved His Friend's Life And Lost His
CM presents awards for bravery and meritorious services | By Yentha
On Aug 16, 2010


Statue, Trivandrum:  Ummen Antony couldn't care for anything else. His friend was drowning in a turbulent Bharatapuzha. He had only one thing in mind -save him at any cost.

He did save his friend, but the price he paid was too costly. He died.

It was on Jan. 30, 2007 when Ummen Antony dived into the river at Cheruthuruthi, near Thrissur, while attending a Kalamandalam camp.

On this Independence Day he was posthumously awarded the Utham Jeevan Raksha Padak for his selfless, sacrificial effort.

Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan presented the Jeevan Raksha medals on behalf of the President of India during the Independence Day celebrations.

The medals, established in 1961 by the President of India, were awarded to civilians to recognise their acts of lifesaving, including cases of drowning, fire or mine accidents, “for courage and promptitude under circumstances of very great danger to the life of the rescuer”.

ADGP TP Senkumar, ADGP P Chandrasekaran and DIG S Gopinathan were given the President's medal for distinguished services.

Additional DGP TP Senkumar has been honoured for leading and solving a number of complex criminal cases.  Senkumar, who joined the Police Service in 1983, had won the President's medal in 2002. He is now the MD of Kerala State Transport Corporation. The award statement specially mentions the leadership, dutiful work, and sincerity that he presented throughout his service.

Additional DGP P Chandrasekaran also joined the Indian Police Service in 1983 and won the President's medal in 2002. The award statement again points out his loyalty to his work, sincerity and selfless services.


DIG S Gopinath joined the Kerala Police as Research Sub Inspector. While he was the Deputy Commandant, he got selected for IPS in 1993. Gopinath, who is also a noted volleyball player, has proved his prowess in maintaining law and order and also in criminal investigations. He won the President's medal for Distinguished service in 1993. He is now the DIG in the administrative wing at the Police Headquarters. The award statement points out his clean image and to his leadership and sincerity during his long service.

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The police medals for Meritorious Service were also awarded to 15 officers and three retired officers, including Dy.SP Ramesh who was a former member of the UN police force. The police medal winners also included two retired driver constables.

The Fire and Rescue Service Medals for Meritorious Service were won by four officers while the Utham Jeevan Raksha Padak went to one and the Jeevan Raksha Padak to eleven people.

The chief minister's medals announced on the Republic Day earlier this year were also presented on the occasion. The police medals in this category went out to 51 officers, the Fire and Rescue Medals to 10 officers, the excise medal to 14, the Prison’s medal to two and the Forest Medal to 18.


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