Six lauded for helping 9-year-old accident victim

Receiving their awards from the 2nd Singapore Civil Defence Force Division Alan Toh (fourth from left) were (from left) Branson Ong, 12; Jose Antonio Alexander, 12; Govindan Meyyappan, 49; Huang Han Xiang, 29; Lin Yu Jie, 12; and Megan Seow, 12. PHOTO: SINGAPORE CIVIL DEFENCE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Six good Samaritans were recognised on Tuesday (Jan 23) for helping a nine-year-old boy who was trapped under a car after an accident on Jan 17.

The two men and four Secondary 1 students had rushed to the accident scene in Geylang East Avenue 1 to help the boy.

The boy, who was dressed in school uniform, was hit by a car while using a raised zebra crossing at around 3.50pm that day, reported Shin Min Daily News.

According to eyewitnesses, eight or nine members of the public rushed to the boy's aid.

One of them, 12-year-old Megan Seow, called for an ambulance, while the rest, with the help of other bystanders, lifted the car and freed the boy before the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived.

Within five minutes, they managed to free the boy, who emerged with his legs covered in blood, according to a bystander.

He was taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

The six people were presented with the Community First Responder award at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the 2nd SCDF Division in Tampines.

Receiving their awards from the 2nd Singapore Civil Defence Force Division Alan Toh were technicians Govindan Meyyappan, 49, and Huang Han Xiang, 29; Maris Stella High School student Branson Ong, 12; Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) student Jose Antonio Alexander, 12; and Lin Yu Jie and Megan Seow, both 12 and from Geylang Methodist School (Secondary).

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