Jeevan Raksha Padak has been awarded to Corporal Pankaj Kumar Pandey who is a commando trained air warrior posted at Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore, for his extraordinary valour displayed by him to save the life of an endangered civilian at Coimbatore on 09 Jan 2015.
The Padak awarded by the President of India has been bestowed to the Corporal Pandey by Air Commodore VPS Rana Commandant, Air Force Administrative College, Coimbatore in a ceremonial parade of the College on 02 May 2017.
Corporal PK Pandey during his leave, had visited a local temple 15 km away from Coimbatore accompanied by another air warrior on 09 Jan 2015. While at the temple, Corporal Pandey heard a lady’s cry for help. It seemed that her husband had inadvertently slipped over the edge and fallen off the cliff. Without worrying for his safety, instantly, Corporal PK Pandey jumped over the cliff with an aim to rescue the injured man who was lying motionless in a pool of blood 50 feet below. Corporal Pandey hoisted the man on his back and carried him to the closest road from where the man was taken in a car to the nearest hospital without caring for his own life and impending adverse environment. In the process he also suffered spinal injuries and has been on medical treatment ever since.
For his exceptional courage and timely response to save the life of an injured person without caring for his own safety, Corporal Pandey has been conferred with Jeevan Raksha Padak by the President of India.