Two policemen a heart patient stuck in traffic and a rescue mission
news Thursday, April 02, 2015 - 05:30
The phone hasn’t stopped ringing for K.P Shibu and A Ratheesh, two traffic police officers from Thrissur district in Kerala, ever since yesterday.  From co-workers to senior colleagues, almost everyone has made sure to congratulate the duo for their valiant feat on Wednesday. And they deserve every bit of it.  The morning of April 1 had begun on a rather busy note for Shibu and Ratheesh. An accident between a tanker and a lorry had brought the traffic, on the road the cops were monitoring, to a standstill.  While patrolling the National Highway near Peechi, they heard the wails of a woman and a child from an auto rickshaw stuck in the traffic jam.  Sixty-year-old Shivaraman, a senior citizen with a heart condition, was struggling to breathe.  “Shivaraman’s daughter and granddaughter, who were along with him in the auto, were crying loudly. That is how they came to our notice. Sivaraman’s condition seemed bad. He could not move or even get up. Since there was no way the auto would be able to move in the jam, with the help of people nearby, we lifted him, made him sit on our motor bike and rushed him to the hospital,” Shibu says. Shibu and Ratheesh carried Shivaraman almost 16 km away to the hospital. Reminiscing the incident Ratheesh says, “At that point we did not think about anything other than saving Shivaraman’s life. We were not even bothered about the traffic and the issues which could have arisen in our absence. Our attempt was a successful one as the doctors said we reached the hospital on time.” The doctors told the officers that had they been a little late in bringing him to the hospital it could have proved dangerous for the patient.  “His daughter was very happy and thanked us a lot. Sivaraman is still in the ICU, but his health is said to be improving,” Ratheesh added. Officers from other districts too have called Shibu and Ratheesh to praise them for their work.  "Our commissioner, ACP and many other senior officers called and congratulated us. It is our duty to serve the public,” says Shibu adding “And we are just happy that we could save a life.”  
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