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British-Pakistani Hero Honored: Royal Award Presented for Saving 29 Lives

Rizwan Javed, a rail worker of Pakistani-British descent, has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his remarkable efforts in preventing 29 individuals from attempting suicide since 2015.

Based in Leyton, East London, Javed is employed by MTR Elizabeth line, serving at Ealing Broadway and Paddington stations. With approximately a decade of experience in the railway industry, he underwent training with Samaritans early in his career. Expressing gratitude for the honor, Javed credited the recognition to the prayers of his parents and considered it a significant acknowledgment of his contributions to mental health initiatives. He played a crucial role in saving numerous lives at the platform during his tenure by remaining vigilant and reaching out to vulnerable individuals during their moments of weakness. 

He attributed his ability to the training he received at Samaritans, stating, “Through my experience with Samaritans, I acquired the skills to identify people in vulnerable situations, engage in appropriate conversations with them, and guide them to safety.” Shortly after commencing his railway job, Javed intervened to prevent someone from attempting suicide. Reflecting on a specific incident, Rizwan recounted how he approached a young woman in her mid-20s who seemed to be in distress.

Days later, she approached him at the station, expressing gratitude with a heartfelt hug. She credited him with saving her life by convincing her that life was worth living. Rizwan emphasized the lack of awareness regarding mental health issues, underscoring the significant impact such knowledge gaps can have on individuals.

In an interview with Geo News, he expressed his belief that Allah will consistently reward him for his acts of assistance and support towards those who lack someone to confide in or are going through challenging times. He attributed his understanding of the significance of being helpful and charitable to his Pakistani parents, who instilled these values in him from a young age. Reflecting on his upbringing, he stated, “My parents always instilled in me the principles of being a responsible and benevolent citizen, emphasizing the importance of making a positive impact.”

Javed and his parents were overjoyed upon receiving a government letter notifying him of his appointment as MBE in recognition of his services. MBE stands as the third-highest rank within the Order of the British Empire, trailing behind Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), excluding knighthood or damehood.


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