Mumbai's Zen Sadavarte to receive National Bravery Award

Along with Sadavarte, a boy from Aurangabad, Akash M Khillare has also been selected for the same award. Both the youngsters will be honoured along with 20 other young brave students from across India

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Zen Sadavarte, who showed exemplary courage in the Crystal Tower fire incident that took place almost a year back has been selected for the coveted Indian Council for Child Welfare's National Bravery Award 2019. With her quick presence of mind and bravery, the girl had saved 17 lives including her parents' in the fire incident.

Along with Sadavarte, a boy from Aurangabad, Akash M Khillare has also been selected for the same award. Both the youngsters will be honoured along with 20 other young brave students from across India.

12-year-old Zen along with 16-year-old Akash, have displayed rare and exemplary courage, and will be awarded with national laurels besides making them "young idols" for the youth.

What did Zen Sadavarte do?

Sadavarte is a Class VII student of Don Bosco International School, Matunga, and she showed her coolness and bravery during a massive fire that engulfed the 12th floor of Crystal Towers in Parel around 8:00 am in August 2018.

As the people around her were panicking,the 10-year-old Sadavarte began collecting clothes around her house and soaked it with water. Later, she told everyone, including her family and neighbours to cover their noses and breathe through it.

In this manner, she helped 17 people move to safety without any harm from the fire or the toxic smoke, as they could breathe easily through the drenched masks," said her proud parents Gunratan Sadavarte and Jaishree Patil- Sadavarte.

According to Zen, she was taught about the life-saving techniques in her school in Third Grade and she used the tips to save her and her family's lives.

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