Two ordinary heroes honoured for their extraordinary deeds

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 October, 2009, 12:00am

It seems you don't need superpowers to be a hero. The Agency for Volunteer Services held its annual awards ceremony last Saturday at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel honouring close to 800 individual and corporate citizens who have given gave their time to help others. However, a new award was introduced to spotlight people who demonstrated bravery equal to those characters in capes and masks.

The inaugural 'heroic volunteer award', presented by Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, went to two individuals who jumped into water without hesitation to save lives. In June this year, diving engineer Liu Hai-kam (pictured, right) leaped into rough seas and battled strong currents in Tsuen Wan to save a pregnant woman, who later gave birth to a healthy baby. Liu later revealed he couldn't swim, even though he had worked as a diver early in his career. The other recipient, Ken Chiu Kin-tung, a waiter at BLT Steak, dove into 15 degree Celsius water on a January night to save an elderly woman. 'When I saw the woman floating face down in the dark water, my mind went blank and rescue instinct took over,' Chiu said at the time of the rescue.

So if you've witnessed ordinary people performing extraordinary deeds, feel free to inform the agency.