Superheroes from batman to superman have filled our childhood memories with stories of courage, nobility, and abilities beyond those of normal human beings. But how often do we carry out the tasks that these superheroes can? In this world, everyone tends to care about themselves, rather than lending a helping hand to those in need. Although Rumoh Meto, a 14-year-old boy, is one real superhero.
The Lower Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh does not face many mishaps. But when it does, it is spine-chilling. It takes an immense amount of courage for a person to save someone else from the face of imminent death.
It was a cold day in the month of November, 2013. Just like every other day, Rumoh, a STD 9 student, and his 24-year-old cousin Milu Mega were playing. Suddenly, Milu got stuck in a 33 kilovolt high voltage live transmission wire, strong enough to kill a person of any age. At that time, any kid would probably scream or flee the spot. Instead of being scared and vigilant, Rumoh displayed his exemplary courage, trying to save his cousin from an assured electrocution and subsequent horrific death.
Rumoh suffered minor burns in his first attempt to free Milu. But that, in no way stopped this young lad. With renewed vigor, he pushed Milu with greater strength to get rid of the wire and succeeded in saving him. Milu suffered some burns, but Rumoh was relatively unhurt.
Currently, Rumoh is a student of a government army school in Arunachal Pradesh. He loves to play football and practices boxing every day. He wishes to join the Armed Forces one day and serve the country. This young boy was awarded the Bapu Gaidhani Award, a National Bravery Awards for the year 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Republic Day function in New Delhi. “The award will inspire me throughout my life to excel better and work for my nation and fellow brothers,” says Rumoh.
An exemplary act of courage of this 14-year-old boy tells that age is just a number. All that matters is the heart, to act courageously in such treacherous situations without worrying about the consequences. Acts like these separate the ordinary people from superheroes. We truly salute this young superhero for his act of bravery.