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Nine from Odisha to be felicitated on R-Day

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Bhubaneswar: As many as nine persons from Odisha will be awarded with the Fire Service, Home Guards and Civil Defence Medals on the occasion of the Republic Day this year.

According Home Ministry release issued on Thursday, fireman Kumarbar Samal will be awarded with the President’s Fire Service Medal for distinguished service, while fitter station officer Bijaya Kumar Muduli, station officer Jyoti Prakash Rath, leading fireman Arjun Behera and fireman Soumendra Nath Kanungo will be awarded with the Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service.

Similarly, Civil Defence volunteer Amulya Kumar Samartha will be awarded with the President’s Home Guards and Civil Defence (CD) Medal for Distinguished Service, while CD volunteers Bimal Prasad Pani, Prakash Kumar Jena and home guard Abhina Mohan Samantray will be conferred with the Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service.

Total 86 personnel have been awarded Fire Service Medals on the occasion of Republic Day this year.

Of these, President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry have been awarded to 15 personnel, Fire Service Medal for Gallantry to 14 personnel, President’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service to seven personnel and Fire Service Medal for Meritorious Service to 50 personnel.

58 personnel have been awarded Home Guard and Civil Defence Medals on the occasion of Republic Day. Of these, President’s Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal for Distinguished Service have been awarded to eight personnel and Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service to 50 personnel