Biju Raveendran a Malayali from Pullukulangara has managed to become a national hero in Croatia because of his bravery and quick thinking. Without bothering about his safety, Biju rescued a local woman and her two children stuck inside a three-storey building which had caught fire. He was feted by the local government for the act of bravado. The event took place on 10th July at 2am according to Croatian time. The top floor of the building in which Biju lived at ground floor caught fire. Biju was woken up due to the loud noise and scrambled out of the building with hs 2 Malayali friends.
After realising a family was trapped in the building, Biju borrowed ladder from another resident and scaled the building. After getting in through the ventilator the trapped woman, Helena Roobilu handed over her children while Biju passed her small ladder to help her get out. He later used the big ladder to get her out to safety. He was assisted by his friends Varghese and Jobi from Pathanamthitta with whom he shared the apartment.
Biju had come to Croatia 14 months ago from Gulf. His wife and daughter live in his native village. After the incident he is being offered jobs by many Croatian company.
Dario Hrebak, Mayor of Bjelovar, invited him to his office and felicitated him.