: It was around 4.30 p.m. on the busy R.K. Salai here when a car came to a screeching halt after hitting the pedestrian platform a couple of months ago. As curious passers-by peeped into the car, a youth was lying unconscious at the wheel not responding to calls.
G. Lokesh, a traffic constable, who was on duty in the vicinity rushed to the spot and joined the crowd in tapping the car windows. Since the engine was on, the doors could not be opened. A few minutes later, the youth responded by turning off the engine but swooned again.
When attempts to make him drink some juice and water failed, Lokesh realised the seriousness and signalled a few autorickshaws to stop. “Since it was peak hour the autos did not stop. I shifted the victim to the rear seat and drove straight to a private hospital and explained the circumstances to doctors in the emergency. Though I was on traffic duty in the VIP area nothing came to my mind other than saving the life of the youth,” he said.
The victim later identified as Amuthan Sundar, a Business Analyst of Anna Nagar, was diagnosed with a seizure and put in the intensive care unit. After his family came to the hospital, Mr. Lokesh handed over the car keys and left.
There was no information about this incident to others till Mr. Sundar, who recovered fully weeks later, wrote to Commissioner of Police S. George thanking him and the constable.
“I am happy that the constable went an extra mile to save a youth in distress. A circular highlighting the good work of Lokesh is being sent to all police stations. We have given instructions to police that every individual is entitled to courtesy and consideration…,” Mr. George said.