On March 21st, Mumbai traffic constable Vishwanath Meher was on duty as usual, at the junction near Oberoi Mall on Western Express Highway in Goregaon.
It was around 8.45 am when Meher noticed a car halt at the signal. He saw that the driver failed to make any movement. Nearing closer, he realised the driver had fallen unconscious behind the wheel. When several attempts to open the car door failed, the traffic cop broke the glass window adjacent to the driver’s seat. Without caring for any damage or injury it could have caused him, he managed to open the door.
He pulled the driver out. With the help of six pedestrians, he rushed the unconscious man to a hospital in the vicinity and moved his car to a corner.
Before leaving, the traffic cop made sure to inform a co-worker to fill his spot at the busy junction.
Constable Vishwanath Meher not only made sure the driver was admitted, but also stayed back till the man’s family arrived. When they offered him a reward, the humble cop politely declined.
Moved by the cop’s selflessness, a colleague of the driver uploaded Meher’s photograph on Twitter, so senior police officers would take notice and laud his quick action.
The driver was identified as 24-year-old Neeraj, who works as a Manager with a brokerage house in Malad West.
Speaking to The Times of India, Harsh Shah, Neeraj’s colleague revealed that the man had been driving to his office via the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road. It was at the time he fainted due to high blood pressure.
“As soon as Neeraj’s acquaintance informed us that he had been found unconscious in his car, we rushed to Goregaon. Meher stayed back at the hospital till he was certain that Neeraj’s family and friends had arrived. We offered him sweets, but he said he wouldn’t accept anything except water as it was very hot that day,” Harsh told TOI.
The doctors at the hospital lauded Meher for his quick action since Neeraj’s pulse rate had hit an all-time high.
Neeraj was kept under observation for the day and then discharged. Harsh met Meher later to collect Neeraj’s car keys.
While the story of the 40-year-old traffic cop Vishwanath Meher is certainly inspiring, it is important to note that this isn’t the first instance the cop rushed to the rescue of a driver.
Meher had previously helped a BEST bus driver who fell unconscious at the wheel, a few days before this incident.
“There was massive traffic congestion. We managed to bring the driver down, helped him into an autorickshaw and rushed him to the hospital. We are doing our job and do not expect anything in return,” the humble cop told TOI.
Cops like Vishwanath Meher continue to make us proud of our uniformed heroes who go beyond the call of duty and put humanity first–each time!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)