Constable Sanjay Nana Kamble was on duty at the Seawoods signal on Palm Beach Road, Navi Mumbai, on June 6, 2016, when he did something which redeems the image of a traffic cop.
Teenager Prateek Sarin, who lives at Seawoods Estate, was crossing Palm Beach road around noon that day. He had his earphones on and he was looking straight at his friend across the road, oblivious of the biker speeding through a yellow signal. The inevitable happened, leading to a cracked skull.
Kamble stopped the first car and took the unconscious Prateek to D Y Patil hospital, staying back to ensure that the victim did not have to wait for formalities.
In an hour, Prateek was shifted to the super-speciality Fortis Hospital, where the surgeon said that even a ten-minute delay in hospitalisation could have proved fatal. The boy was in coma for two days and is now back home.
Kamble (photographed on duty at the accident spot) will be felicitated at the Independence Day function at Seawoods, thanks to the initiative of resident Vinod Punshi, who redeems the image of the uncaring citizen.
Kamble and Punshi have restored our faith in the police-public relationship.