PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – An 11-year-old child who died while protecting her nine-year-old brother from a vicious dog attack was honoured with a national award in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, as the nation highlighted several citizens on the 47th anniversary of becoming a republic.
Rachel Bhagwandeen received the Hummingbird Medal, Bronze award posthumously for gallantry.
Reports are that in August last year at a relative’s home in Vistabella, Rachel and her brother Jaylon watched television when the dog entered the room.
Rachel pushed Jaylon to the door, telling him to run for his life.
He ran and alerted his mother, Seema Bhagwandeen and other relatives nearby, who rushed to try to save the child.
The child was mauled by the dog inside the bedroom.
Seema later hailed her daughter as a hero for saving her brother.
The Humming Bird Medal may be awarded for loyal and devoted service in any field of human endeavour, gallantry, or other humane action to Trinidad and Tobago.