A Malian immigrant who heroically rescued a toddler in Paris by scaling four floors of a building in seconds has been honoured, not just with a medal and a pat on the back, but with French citizenship and a job with the Paris fire brigade!
Twenty-two-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, now being referred to as Spiderman, acted in an instant to save a 4-year-old hanging from a balcony of a residential building. The child was hanging extremely precariously, seemingly sure to slip and fall. Gassama said he "didn't think about it" and climbed. One floor after another, Gassama risked his own life, even as residents in the adjoining balcony struggled to pull up the child.
Gassama got there first and even before he could fully get inside the balcony, had already seized the toddler and yanked him to safety.
For his courage, Gassama was invited to meet France's President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace.
Macron tweeted saying Gassama will be regulated as soon as possible and the fire brigade of Paris would welcome him -
Fire brigade's response saying they and Gassama share values and that they are ready to welcome him
Gassama, who had arrived in Paris just months earlier, said that he had been at a restaurant in the neighbourhood to watch a football match when he saw the commotion.
"I like children, I would have hated to see him getting hurt in front of me. I ran and I looked for solutions to save him and thank God I scaled the front of the building to the balcony," he said, as per local reports.