MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. A gala ceremony of awarding the Fiery Heart 2017 public initiative prizes to the adolescents who rescued other people or plucked themselves out of dangerous situations was held on Friday at Moscow’s Central Theater of the Russian Army.
The prizes were given to twenty-eight adolescents.
"You proved there’s always room for heroic deeds in life," Svetlana Medvedeva, the President of the Foundation for Support to Social and Cultural Initiatives said. "You dear friends acted like heroes yourselves. Thank you for making this world a brighter, kinder and more merciful place."
In line with the Russian tradition, she wished them perfect health and success in all their endeavors.
The Fiery Heart prize was instituted by the Ministries of Education, Defense, Emergency Situations, and the Interior, the Russian President’s Ombudsperson for the Rights of Children, public associations, and private funds. The awardees are the children and young people in the age group of up to 23 years old who have shown an active stance in life, have selflessly helped other people, or have gotten over extremely complicated situations.
The project started out in November 2013 and almost 400 persons have received the prize since then.
Among the 132 winners whom the competition board selected this year, seven persons have received the prize posthumously. The organized invited 28 awardees to attend the gala ceremony in Moscow while others will get the prices in different regions of Russia over a period of up to June 1.
The youngest of the winners, Arutai Maneyev from the Republic of Altai is only six years old. He received the Fiery Heart lapel badge for saving a three-year-old boy who had gotten into cold water in a river after stepping on thin ice. Arutai saw the boy begin to down and rushed to help him out of the river.
Xenia Rodionova of Moscow got the prize for rescuing a teenage girl on a big lake in the northwestern region of Karelia last summer. She helped the girl reach the shore during a sudden storm, which claimed the lives of fourteen teenagers on a boat hike.
Alim Gaplayev from Chechnya, 17, rescued a two-year-old boy who had fallen into a river from a cliff. He was doing his everyday jogtrot when he saw the boy when the latter was about to disappear in a whirlpool.