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A MURAL FOR A TRUE HERO

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
October 2020
A MURAL FOR A TRUE HERO

In Fresno County, California, artist Omar “Super” Huerta has created a mural for a hero: Manjit Singh, a 29-year-old immigrant from India who drowned while trying to save three Mexican children in the Kings River.

The mural also features Samantha Cruz-Pedro, an eight-year-old girl whom Singh was trying to save when he was swept away in the current. Two of the children survived, but Samantha died in the hospital.

Singh had rushed to help the children despite not knowing how to swim. “He is an American hero and an example for all of us,” family spokesman Gurdeep Shergill told local TV station ABC 30.

Singh came to America two years ago and was training to be a truck driver. A GoFundMe page has raised more than $215,000 to help his parents in India.


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]



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