Paris ‘Spiderman’ Saves Child Dangling From a Balcony, Receives Grand Vermeil Medal
Over the weekend, Mamoudou Gassama, a twenty-two year old Malian migrant, saw a small child hanging off the edge of a balcony of an apartment building, so he scaled four floors and rescued the kid.
Apparently, the father of the child went out shopping and left the toddler all alone at home. Somehow, the kid got onto the balcony of the apartment and was clinging to the edge four stories up.
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The incredibly courageous stranger, Gassama, risked his life while trying to save the child. In gratitude and recognition of his astonishing actions, Mamoudou has been offered French citizenship and a job with the Paris fire brigade.
Malian migrant Mamoudou “Spider-man” Gassama is awarded with the city’s Grand Vermeil medal by Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo as the chief of the Paris’ fire Brigade (BSPP) in the presence of General Jean-Claude Gallet. pic.twitter.com/cOlcHTeFCt
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French President, Emmanuel Macron, invited Gassama to the Elysee Palace to thank him personally for his brave act of kindness. He was awarded with the city’s Grand Vermeil medal by Paris’ mayor Anne Hidalgo. The child’s father is now facing two years in prison for his neglect of parental duties.