Suddenly, a grenade was suddenly thrown at one of the shields held by a policeman. It took
several heartbeats for the police officer to realise what hit his shield. Then he decided to lift
the shield up and tried to kick the grenade away.
But too late. The grenade exploded, and the whole group of police officers
disappeared from the frame in the smoke from the blast. Viewers were left to guess what happened to
the officer who attempted to kick the explosive.
Many commentators on the social network also expressed their
admiration to the cop for his apparent attempt to save his fellow officers from the
video was first shared by a BBC correspondent in Bangkok, Mr. Jonathan Head, and its still-images
later made it to headlines of several newspapers in Thailand.
Today, it emerged that the "sidekick cop"
or "grenade kicker hero" - as nicknamed by Netizens - is still alive and making good recovery at
policeman was identified as Pol.Sen.Sgt.Maj. Teeradet Ui-Charoen. Medical workers said he suffered
severe legs injuries from the grenade blast, but the wounds fortunately did not need
Jeerapa Lek-khu, the wife of the 44-year old policeman, said she was saddened by the incident and
worried that the wounds might be infected in the future.
According to Ms. Jeerapa, Pol.Sen.Sgt.Maj.
Teeradet told her that he was ordering his friend to place a shield next to him when the grenade was
thrown at the team, so he decided to kick it away.
"He decided to do that because he
loves his friends a lot," Ms. Jeerapa said, "I′ve been with him for a long time. I know how much he
loves his friends".
However, she added, "But I don′t want my husband to be a hero. I just want his legs to be
Several police officers admitted that the appropriate response was in fact to
stay low on the ground 3 metres away from the grenade. The riot shield alone cannot prevent damage
from the blast neither, as the officer behind the shield could still risk suffering damages from the
shrapnel, the officers said.
The police believed the grenade to be an M67 type. Both the police force and the military
are known to possess the grenades.
Pol.Sen.Sgt.Maj. Thammanoon Tas-see, who also suffered left leg and right cheek injuries from the
grenade blast, was later transported to Police Hospital today for his
Medical workers described his condition as severe.
Pol.Lt.Gen. Narongsak Saowakhon, deputy
director of Police Hospital told our correspondent that Pol.Sen.Sgt.Maj. Teeradet’s left arm and his two legs including his
toes are broken severely, while Pol Sen.Sgt.Maj. Thammanoon suffered broken leg, and broken facial bone from the
The medical team had tried to cohere the bones together, and will need to closely observe
their conditions to make sure the wounds are kept disinfected, the deputy director said, adding that
it is still unclear whether Teeradet would be able to walk normally again.
However, the most severely injured
policeman is identified as Pol Sen Sgt Maj Thammanoon Chapanya, who was reportedly shot on his occipital
Pol.Lt.Gen Narongsak said the officer is staying in Intensive Care Unit and has not
regained his consciousness. The doctors have placed him under cardiac stimulants and closely monitor
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