Mamoudou Gassama, a West African migrant currently living in Italy, risked his life for a 4-year-old baby found dangling off the 4th floor balcony of a Paris building.
Gassama climbed the tower to quickly save the toddler, with Parisian mayor, Anne Hidalgo, dubbing the Mali native “Spider-Man of the 18th,” due to the rescue that happened in the city’s 18th arrondissement (district).
In an effort to show their gratitude, French President, Emmanuel Macron, has offered the 22-year-old full French citizenship for his “exceptional act.” Gassama will also have a job as a fire fighter waiting for him if he’s interested.
“I ran. I crossed the street to save him,” the hero told President Macron. “When I started to climb, it gave me courage to keep climbing.”
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God “helped me,” too, he said. “Thank God I saved him.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.