73 year old man honored for saving drowning girl

Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue Nguyen Van Phuong presented an old man with certificate of merit and cash as an award for saving a drowning girl.

73 year old Phuoc (C) is awarded for his brave act to save a drowing girl (Photo: SGGP)

73 year old Nguyen Thanh Phuoc living in Huong Thuy town of the province saved 19 year old student Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang while she and her motorbike were being swept away in front of his house during heavy rainfalls on December 15th.

She lost her drive because of strong water flow and the girl cried for help.  Hearing the cry, Phuoc’s wife called him to help her. Despite his old age and violent torrent of rain, the old man still swam to aid her.

Battling with the strong torrent and receiving help of other two young men, they at last brought the female student to safer shelter.

On behalf of province administrators, Deputy Chairman praised his acts to save the girl and presented cash of VND3 million as an award for his brave act.

Mr. Thanh Phuoc is a veteran and currently he is a member of the local veteran association in Thanh Thuy Commune. Four his sons all suffered illness because he is exposed to Agent Orange which US military forces sprayed over Vietnam during Vietnam War.

By Van Thang – translated by Uyen Phuong

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