School staff rewarded for saving student from suicide
Dorokha Central School rewarded its sweeper with a certificate and cash prize of Nu 3,000 for saving a student from drowning.
Tila Chand Timsina saved a class IX student, when the latter attempted suicide by jumping into the Namchu River, at the confluence of the Amochhu River. The incident took place on September 25 when he followed the student who ran away from school in the afternoon. “For a moment, I thought I would die saving her,” said the 33-year-old.
Tila Chand Timsina said that the girl has darted straight towards the river after which the principal directed him to follow her. The girl had already reached the bridge when he managed to catch up. “I requested her not to but she jumped into the river. I was shocked and for a split second I didn’t know what to do,” he said adding that his reflexes kicked in and he jumped after her.
Luckily, the girl was stopped from being washed away by the strong currents by a rock. He also pressed her with bamboo plants to rescue her otherwise she would have fallen 30ft below into a deep gorge and died, he Tila Chand Timsina.
Later, he was helped by other students who came to the rescue. The girl was saved and later referred to Dorokha BHU. “It was a difficult task but I managed to save her,” he said.
The school and the Drungkhag Administration awarded Tila Chand Timsina with a certificate and the cash prize as a token of recognition.
Dorokha Central School’s Principal Pema Chogyal said that the administration decided to award the sweeper for his bravery. “He has done a tremendous work of saving a student,” he said.