|He Wansong, deputy director of a water police station in Shaoguan, Guangdong province. (Photo/People's Daily Online)|
A team of reporters from People's Daily Online and media in Guangdong province visited Shaoguan, Heyuan, Foshan, Guangzhou and other cities in Guangdong, to interview the common people for their most satisfying government works and party officials.
In Zhenjiang district of Shaoguan city, the reporters visited He Wansong, deputy director of the local water police station.
One boat, four men, 50 kilometers of waterway, and 365×24 on call, these key terms could be printed on the name cards of the members of He's water police unit. Over the last nine years, He Wansong and the other three water police officers have patrolled rivers in Shanoguan tirelessly, recovering over 200 bodies and saving countless people.
A man who carried bodies at the funeral parlor once said to He, "Even I would not trade my job for yours".
The job that He does is indeed not enviable at all. The biting cold water in winter plus the sweltering heat, the smell of rotting bodies as well as the sunburn in the summer are more than enough to scare many people off.
In the meantime, the job is demanding in that with the help of only some rudimentary tools, the bodies need to be retrieved within 20 seconds to be kept complete for autopsy.
Saving drowning people can also be dangerous since many of these victims are not completely rational before ending up in the water, and any improper dealing with the emergency could lead to the drowning of the water police as well.
On call 24 hours a day, He Wansong and the other three water policemen in his unit have barely enjoyed a day off like people in many other professions.
"I've done my very best to do my job and serve the people; this is my greatest achievement since I became a policeman 42 years ago, and I thank the people for giving me the credit," He said.