The scorching summer sun, heat-baked streets, honking cars, hours and hours of duty ahead – the work of a traffic cop is no less demanding than that of a superhero. The same goes for other policemen and policewomen who, whether off duty or on, often risk their own lives to chase down criminals, rescue people from dangerous situations, and make our lives safer and more peaceful in the process.
These amazing, unsung heroes, who are not necessarily senior officers or personnel, deserve recognition and appreciation for their laudable efforts by us citizens. Meet a few of them:
1. Ranjeet Singh
Probably one of the most popular traffic cops in the country, Ranjeet Singh is often seen moonwalking on Indore’s busy streets to ensure people follow traffic rules. His unique and creative way of keeping traffic moving smoothly is so interesting that drivers stop at his command and move when asked to – simply because they are fascinated by his entertaining dance moves and dedication to his job.
2. Constable Kamal Das
Constable Kamal Das of Kolkata Police, posted at Tiljala Police Station, recently went out of his way to help three men who were stuck at E.M. Bypass with a broken car at 3 am. When the trio met Constable Das, he instantly started his bike, asked one of them to sit on the rear seat, and went looking for a mechanic. He even paid the mechanic when the men fell short of some money.
3. Assistant Sub-inspector Sajeesh Kumar
Sajeesh Kumar, a policeman from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, jumped into a river to save a teenager from drowning. After the girl’s parents filed a complaint that their daughter had not returned home, the police dispatched a team to look for her. She was later spotted near a bridge in Karamana locality. But as soon as the police approached her, she jumped into the river. Without a second’s hesitation, Assistant Sub-inspector Sajeesh Kumar, who was part of the search team, jumped in after her. He managed to rescue the girl and bring her to shore.
4. Manoj Barathe
Manoj Barahate, a 24-year-old policeman from the Wardha district in Maharashtra, did not think of his own life before diving off a 20-feet high bridge to save the life of a man who had jumped into the water. He was on duty at the Kumbh Mela in Nashik when he saw a man standing on the Amardham bridge. The man suddenly jumped and Manoj followed. Had it not been for this quick thinking brave cop, the man would have lost his life.
There are many others like them – traffic cops, security guards, beat constables – out there in this summer heat, doing their jobs with vigilance and dedication. We salute them for their hard work.
To acknowledge the tough conditions our cops work in, Lipton Iced Tea decided to #RefreshSmiles for some traffic cops recently. Watch what happened:
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