Good Sports: REWARDING THE GOOD SAMARITAN
Anil Vannavalli, 34, was waiting for a morning train in Edison, New Jersey, when his co-worker, Madhuri Recherla, fainted and fell onto the tracks. Vannavalli dropped the backpack he was carrying and jumped from the platform to rescue her, along with two other good Samaritans. While they were pulling her to safety, a thief made off with his backpack, which contained his work laptop, three pairs of headphones, and about $200 in cash.
“This theft, perpetrated in the midst of such a selfless good deed, seems so very disgusting and outrageous,” Police Chief Thomas Bryan said in a statement.
The Edison Police Union awarded $1,000 to Vannavalli for his heroic act and a GoFundMe campaign called the “Anil Vannavalli Appreciation Fund” raised more than $1,700. The greatest reward, of course, is that Recherla survived her fall and is recovering from a fractured knee and broken ankle.
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