The Ministry of Tourism has recognised a KWS ranger for his selfless act of carrying a disabled girl on his back during a school tour.

A statement issued on Wednesday called for Mr. Philip Wesa to be promoted since he has shown the ultimate act of sacrifice and humility.

“We have strongly recommended to the management of KWS to favourably consider promoting Philip, as we explore other avenues of sufficiently rewarding him for his rare and very humane action, which is quite rare in this day and age,” it reads in part.

A picture of the KWS ranger with Deborah Nyaboke on his back was doing rounds on social media on Tuesday with Kenyans applauding his gesture.

The Form Two student had visited the Aberdare National Park alongside her teachers and other students but was left in the vehicle as she could not climb the hilly terrain on her own.

When Mr. Wesa heard about her plight from other students of Joyland Special School, Kisumu, he went and picked her up. He then carried her up the steps on his back.

“It is such acts of altruistic sacrifice and great show of humility that give KWS, our disciplined forces and indeed our great Nation, the right image. We are absolutely proud of Officer Wesa and highly recognize his efforts, plus the positive effect it had on Deborah, her fellow students, teachers and the entire country, ” the statement from the Tourism Ministry adds.

Nyaboke could not hide her excitement as she joined the group on their tour of the national park. She thanked Mr. Wesa for his rare act of kindness and urged other officials to help people with similar challenges as hers when they visit the park.