The hero Sikh who removed his turban to help a seriously injured young boy has been recognised for his act of "outstanding compassion and empathy".

Harman Singh received a certificate of appreciation from the Counties Manukau District Commander for his actions.

Mr Singh rushed to help Daejon Pahia, after the 6-year-old boy was struck by a car on Manuroa Rd while walking to Takanini School on May 15.

A photo of the scene, where Mr Singh broke Sikh religious protocol by removing his turban to cradle the boy's bleeding head, touched millions of people around the world.

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Daejon suffered serious head injuries and internal injuries.

Harman Singh removed his turban to help the young boy after he was hit by a car. Photo / Supplied
Harman Singh removed his turban to help the young boy after he was hit by a car. Photo / Supplied

His "outstanding compassion and empathy" in the situation was to be commended, Counties Manukau Police said.

"You immediately came to his assistance and provided first aid and comfort to Daejon and his mother," the citation read.

Mr Singh prevented Daejon's condition deteriorating by staunching the bleeding from the young boy's head with his turban, police said.

Mr Singh said after the event he didn't believe his actions were heroic, and that anyone would have done the same in the situation.