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Harman Singh who removed his turban to save a life gets recognised in New Zealand


Harman Singh who removed his turban to save a child’s life has been recognised for his efforts in saving a life on the streets of New Zealand.

Harman Singh was recognised with the district commander’s certificate of appreciation at the Counties Manukau police district awards, held at Manukau Institute of Technology on Friday.

Harman Singh was recognised for coming to the aid of 6-year-old Daejon Pahia after the youngster was hit by a car.


Harman Singh made headlines across the world after he removed his turban, which Sikhs must wear in public at all times, to help and stop the blood flowing from Daejon’s head. Daejon was treated in hospital and is now back at home.

Acting deputy commissioner Grant Nicholls and Hunua MP Andrew Bayly presented Singh with the award.

Inspector Bruce O’Brien, the prevention manager for the Counties Manukau central policing area, praised Singh for his “outstanding compassion and empathy”.


He was very happy when he received the email inviting him to the awards ceremony, the 22-year-old said.
“I’m a shy guy, but it’s nice. I’m so happy.”

“It was very uncomfortable doing the first TV interview but the second or third time, you get used to it.”

Harman Singh said his relatives back in India were very proud to hear he was receiving the award and he said he would not hesitate to act if ever in a similar situation. “If something else happens, I have the maturity and I can do the same thing.”



One News channel rewarded  him for his courage and selflessness, One News teamed up with Big Save Furniture and surprised Harman with a lounge set, a coffee table, and a bed.