The Mayor of Hua Hin Mr. Nopporn Wutthikhun has recently presented an honorary certificate to Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin Changsarn, the former paratrooper from Naresuan Military Base, who is now helping Thai and foreign students to cross the road daily in the morning and in the afternoon.
Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin was given the honorary certificate from Hua Hin Mayor in August because he dedicates himself for the safety of Thai students from Baan Hua Hin Municipal School and foreign ones every day in the morning and in the afternoon. From Monday to Friday, Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin leaves his house in Soi Bamrung Rat at 7 a.m. with a reflective color vest.
He will stand in front of Baan Hua Hin Municipal School on Nab Kehat Road and, when he sees students waiting to cross the road, he will stop cars that pass by and take the students to the school. Every day, Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin has to take care of 1,000 students. He will go back home at 9 a.m. to have a rest and come back there again at 3 p.m. when students finish their class.
Apart from helping the students, Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin has also given assistance to Thai and foreign people who would like to cross the road in that area for 2 years. The honorary certificate that Hua Hin Municipality gave him primarily symbolizes his dedication and volunteer spirit that does not want anything in return.
A native from southern Thailand, Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin passed an exam to become a male nurse at Naresuan Military Base in 1972. He also took care of injured paratroopers in a battlefield in southern, northeastern and other parts of Thailand. In 2004, Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin took an early retirement to stay at home with his wife who teaches at Baan Hua Hin Municipal School. The couple has a daughter who is now studying for a master degree in engineering at Chulalongkorn University.
His family believes in self-sufficiency economy introduced by Hus Majesty the King. Pol. Snr. Sgt. Maj. Watcharin said that he did this social work because he would like to pay something back to Thailand. Even though he is a retired officer, his office still gives him pension. Therefore, as long as he is alive, he will continue doing social contribution for Thai society.