In Paris, streetgoers witnessed nothing short of a miracle earlier over the weekend. A 22-year-old Malian man climbed a building to rescue a young boy dangling from a rail.
Mamoudou Gassama met with French President Emmanuel Macron later—after the video of his daring rescue went viral on social media. According to Sky News, Macron named him a French citizen.
Macron also granted him a place in the fire brigade. He heaped praise on the young man, hailing the rescue as nothing less than “an exceptional act,” telling Gassama, “You saved a child. Without you, no one knows what would have become of him. You need courage and the capability to do that,” Macron said.
Gassama told the president he was “trembling” after the rescue, but said that, “When I started to climb, it gave me the courage to keep climbing.”
On Saturday evening, a four-year-old became imperiled when he suddenly found himself dangling from a balcony. Gassama climbed the external side of the building, pulling himself up from level to level, balcony to balcony, to reach the child. It took only a matter of seconds to reach the boy on the fourth floor. When Gassama reached him, he put a leg over the balcony and pulled the boy to safety.
Firefighters later arrived at the scene—but weren’t needed, since Gassama had already done the work to rescue him. A spokesman for the fire department said of Gassama, “Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child.”
Gassama received a medal and certificate for bravery during his visit with the president. As for the parents of the child, the father was not in Paris at the time, and the father was not at home when the child became endangered. He is due in court. As for the boy, he’s out of harm’s way.
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