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Indian – origin man was rewarded by US Police

Anil Vannavalli with his daughter and two US Police Officers

Washington, May 3 (UITV/IANS)- An Indian-origin man was rewarded by the US police due to his bravery. The man was robbed while saving his co-worker from an oncoming train at the Edison Platform in New Jersey on Friday morning.

According to the local source, the 34 years old Anil Vannavalli was waiting for a train at the Edison platform, suddenly, his co-worker Madhuri Recherla fainted and fell on the tracks. Vannavalli dropped his backpack and jumped on the tracks with two other commuters to carry Recherla to safety. In the meantime, someone snatched the backpack.

The backpack contained Vannavalli's work laptop, three pairs of headphones valued at $700, about $200 in cash, his work identification card and train tickets, said police officials.

"This theft, perpetrated in the midst of such a selfless good deed, seems so very disgusting and outrageous," said Police chief Thomas Bryan.

The Edison Police Union awarded Vannavalli, a resident of Piscataway, with a $1,000 cheque for his selfless act.

The way Vannavalli saved the woman

Recherla, 26, regained consciousness shortly after police arrived. She was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Centre where she was treated for a broken knee and ankle.

Vannavalli said that he is glad she survived but was disappointed that someone decided to take advantage of the situation.

According to the police, no one has been arrested yet. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to show appreciation for Vannavalli for his valiant act.

Edited by Ujjainee Chakraborty