|The Bình Phước Province’s Youth Union posthumously awarded on May 23 the national Brave Youth Badge to the family of Trần Đức Đông, who drowned after saving the lives of four children. — Photo dantri.com.vn|
BÌNH PHƯỚC — The Central Committee of Hồ Chí Minh Communist Youth Union on Tuesday (May 23) posthumously awarded the national Brave Youth Badge to Trần Đức Đông, 10, who drowned after saving four children in the southern province of Bình Phước.
On behalf of the Central Committee, the secretary of the province’s Youth Union, Trần Quốc Duy, handed over the badge to the boy’s family from Phú Riềng District’s Long Tân Commune.
Trần Đức Đông was a second grader in the province’s Long Tân Elementary School.
On May 1, Đông, his young brother and four neighbourhood friends were playing in the lake at Farm 9, near Thanh Tân Pagoda, about 200m from his home.
After the four friends and his brother slipped into a deep water area, Đông, the only one of the group who knew how to swim, tried to save them.
After rescuing his brother and three friends, he saw Nguyễn Thị Huyền Nhi, 9, calling for help offshore.
Although tired, he tried to swim to save her, but both of them began to sink into the lake due to exhaustion, according to authorities.
People who were nearby took the two children, who had stopped breathing, to the commune’s health clinic. Doctors tried to revive them but were unsuccessful.
Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs visited and awarded a certificate of merit to Đông’s family. — VNS