Harry Athwal, an Indian-origin Sikh man who risked his own life to save the life of a fatally injured boy during the Barcelona terror attacks last years has been picked for the honour of ‘Pride of Birmingham’ award.
Barcelona Terror Attacks killed 13 and injured over 100, took place on August 17, 2017 when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s most popular street. Harry Athwal, a Project manager by profession was in Spain on Holidays with family and friends when the attack took place. Harry spotted a seven years old Julian Alessandro Cadman and despite being hit and defied police orders to evacuate the area to keep holding on to him until the emergency services arrived.
“I am a Sikh, and in Sikhism it is my duty to go and help somebody who is hurt or who is being bullied. That, in a sense, overtook me. I didn’t have time to think. At that moment you have a split second to decide what you are going to do. It was my instinct that I had to go and help somebody. I had to do something. It’s in my DNA” Athwal said in a statement.
Expressing his excitement for the honour, Harry said that is “speechless” to be selected for the Pride of Birmingham’s Outstanding Bravery Award.