'Major Teddy' Garners Attention Internationally for Heroic Gestures
BY: Michelle Liew
As the political landscape in Indonesia heats up with the approaching General Election (Pemilu) scheduled for February 14th, a new hero has emerged, capturing the attention and admiration of netizens across the nation. The individual in question is a young man widely known as 'Major Teddy,' whose recent act of bravery during a campaign event has turned him into a symbol of compassion and quick response.
The Viral Incident
The spotlight on 'Major Teddy' began after a video went viral, showcasing the young man's swift and heroic actions during the final campaign of the presidential and vice-presidential candidate pair, Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka, at the Main Stadium of Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) on February 10th. In the video, 'Major Teddy,' dressed in black, is seen rushing to the main stage to lift a woman who had fainted, ensuring she receives immediate medical attention.
Netizens were quick to express their admiration for 'Major Teddy,' applauding his rapid response and selfless dedication to helping a fellow citizen in distress. The incident gained even more traction after being shared on the TikTok page @prabowoidn, where the caption acknowledged and saluted 'Major Teddy' for his prompt and courageous intervention.
The viral video caught the attention of international viewers who were quick to praise his heroic acts and cited him as a role model for civilians.
A Closer Look at 'Major Teddy'
Major news outlets delved into the identity of 'Major Teddy' and uncovered a story that goes beyond the recent incident. 'Major Teddy,' whose real name is Teddy Indra Wijaya, is revealed to be an officer of the Indonesian National Army (TNI) affiliated with the prestigious Special Forces Command (Kopassus).
It was further disclosed that 'Major Teddy' has a history of service that extends beyond his recent heroic act. He was previously recognized for his role as an assistant or security guard to the Indonesian President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), from 2014 to 2019. This background adds a layer of complexity to the narrative, showcasing 'Major Teddy' not only as a brave individual but also as an experienced and dedicated professional within the TNI.
Public Response and Recognition
Netizens and citizens alike have showered 'Major Teddy' with praise, expressing their admiration for his courage, dedication, and good looks. The incident has not only propelled him to internet stardom but has also sparked conversations about the unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes, ensuring the safety and well-being of the public, even in the midst of a high-stakes political event.
'Major Teddy' has become more than just a viral sensation; he symbolizes the positive impact individuals can have in times of crisis.