Asian Tsunami Heros

Monday, January 10, 2005

Tribute to drowned officer hero

Police paid tribute to an officer who helped save hundreds of people on his remote island in India during the tsunami disaster, then was swept away helping one last person, an old woman who asked him to get her handbag.

Sanjeev Kumar, 30, was one of the first people on the small island of Katchall to see the giant waves coming.

He sent his wife and baby daughter to higher ground before warning hundreds of others to shelter in a temple.

As he was about to join everyone else, a wave caught him while retrieving a handbag for an old woman he had helped to safety.

"Sanjeev was one of our best officers, young and brave," said A.K. Singh, the superintendent of police.

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