76-YO Harjinder Singh Runs Delhi’s Only ‘Auto ambulance’ #WATWB
Harjinder Singh’s auto looks like any other auto seen on the roads of Delhi, till you look at its rear.
Free Ambulance for Injured in Road Accidents is written in bold and red. This 76-year old runs what is perhaps the only auto ambulance in the city and it has been in service since 1978. He helps road accident victims in Delhi by taking them to the nearest hospital free of cost.
While plying his vehicle as a regular auto around Delhi, Singh has helped save hundreds of lives. On an average, he helps one victim a day. Recognising his social service, the Delhi Traffic Police made him a traffic police warden and issued multiple certificates of commendations as well.
“I feel it is a matter of privilege to serve people. If I can take someone to the hospital on time and his life is saved, my purpose is served,” he shared with The Hindustan Times.
When I asked what the source of his deep commitment to the community was, Singh shared, “I remember the time when there were floods in Delhi. I, as a part of the Sikh community, I got together with many others and did seva (service) wherever I could. Though that relief work got over after a few days, but my desire to continue to help people did not. So, around that time, I started the free auto ambulance service.”
The satisfaction of helping someone in need and gratitude shown by people keeps him going throughout the day.
“In so many cases, people die on the road just because they don’t get timely help. People stand and look at them dying. I don’t want to be one of them.”
The autorickshaw that Harjinder drives has a first-aid kit that contains all the emergency requisites like bandages, antiseptic lotion, cream for burns etc. He has done a course in first aid to provide assistance in times of crisis.
People like Harjinder Singh are making this world a better place to live, through their little but commendable efforts.
This post is part of the We Are the World Blogfest, a monthly blogging event created by Damyanti Biswas and Belinda Witzenhausen to showcase stories of hope and light. This month, I’m helping out as a co-host, along with extraordinary bloggers : Simon Falk , Damyanti Biswas, Lizbeth Hartz and Eric Lahti. Please hop over to check out their WATWB posts as well as from other WATWB participants for a dose of feel-good to last you a whole month. You’ll be happy you did!
July 26, 2019 6:58 pm|
The world needs more of these angels of mercy Shilpa 🙂
July 27, 2019 4:06 pm|
I just loved this heartwarming story when I first read it and am glad you have used it for your WATWB. What a lovely thing he is doing. Does he really help on an average one accident victim a day?
July 28, 2019 6:27 am|
This made me cry, Shilpa. So much heart, such selflessness. This is why humanity is still alive and well.
July 28, 2019 9:51 am|
What a heart warming story. It is people like Harjinder Singh who give us hope in times when hope seem lost
July 28, 2019 2:53 pm|
I am moved by this 76 year old humanitarian, Shilpa. He humbles me with his living example of how it’s better to give than to receive. Thanks for sharing:)
July 28, 2019 3:30 pm|
This one makes me cry. Thanks for sharing it.
Love, light and glitter
July 28, 2019 7:44 pm|
What a lovely share Shilpa. It’s such a delight to celebrate someone with such dedication and kindness. What a gift he is!
July 29, 2019 8:51 am|
What a good example of what we can be. I am inspired and encouraged!
July 30, 2019 6:19 am|
Every city in India should have a few Harjinder Singh.
July 30, 2019 10:32 pm|
Just terrific, amazing and wonderful. Harjinder is a true example of a man in service. Thanks Shilpa 🙂
July 31, 2019 2:17 pm|
Hi Shilpa – gosh Harjinder Singh deserves so much support – and we should all be following in his footsteps or taxi – amazing man. Thanks for sharing this extraordinarily caring man’s care for his injured fellow man/woman/ child … cheers Hilary
July 31, 2019 9:24 pm|
Salute to such souls who work day in and day out to make the world a better place.
August 1, 2019 1:18 am|
wow..incredible, so inspiring. Even if his efforts seems small but the service he is doing is commendable.
August 1, 2019 6:20 am|
It’s rare to find people like Harjinder Singh who are selfless and care for others. We need so many more such people in the world.
August 1, 2019 7:21 am|
This world needs more humans like this. So inspiring. It is rare to find people who help selflessly. Loved the post.
August 1, 2019 6:11 pm|
This is such an inspirational read Shilpa. He is such a noble man, look at his age and still has going steady with the initiative so close to his heart.
August 2, 2019 3:36 pm|
My mum once met with a road accident so I know how important it is to take the injured person as quickly as possible to the hospital . Indeed this man will get the blessings of many especially since many people these days are wary of getting ‘involved’ with road accidents.
August 4, 2019 5:04 pm|
May Harjinder Singh’s days be many. Thanks for this beautiful story, Shilpa.