For males who have been through national service, you may vaguely remember the times at the pull-up bars- the bane of all workouts. Also, if your commanders were strict enough, you would remember them chiding underarm pull-ups and strongly advising to do overarmed ones- well, for a very good reason.
In a video that has recently been circling online, it shows a man scaling four storeys to save a child hanging from a ledge. The video of Mr. Mamoudou Gassama’s quick climbing to reach the child, cheered on by terrified onlookers, went viral on social media, with people calling the 22-year-old a real spider-man.
The incident took place at about 8 pm (wow it looks as bright as day) on Saturday (May 26) in northern Paris.
Film of the rescue shows a man leaning across from a neighbouring balcony and holding onto the child as Mr Gassama pulled himself up from balcony to balcony with his bare hands. Looking as if he had received elite training prior, upon reaching the fourth level, he put one leg over the balcony before reaching out with his right arm to grab the child. The terrified shout from the crowd turned into cheer.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, the child had already been rescued. “Luckily, there was someone who was physically fit and who had the courage to go and get the child,” a fire service spokesman said.
Mr Gassama, a Malian migrant, met President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential palace after the video of his rescue went viral on social media, and will also be made a French citizen. In addition, he will also be offered a place in the fire brigade, said the president.
Mr Gassama’s act of heroism has also earned the praise of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Sunday (May 28). “Congratulations to Mamoudou Gassama for his act of bravery that saved the life of a child,” Ms Hidalgo said on her official Twitter account, adding that she spoke with him by phone to thank him.
She said Mr Gassama told her that he arrived from Mali a few months ago and wished to stay in France, to which she replied that his heroic gesture was an example for all citizens and that the City of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France.
Un grand bravo à Mamoudou Gassama pour son acte de bravoure qui a permis de sauver hier soir la vie d’un enfant. J’ai eu plaisir à m’entretenir avec lui aujourd’hui par téléphone, afin de le remercier chaleureusement. https://t.co/DP5vQ1VZYh
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 27, 2018
Local newspaper, Le Parisien, reported that Mr Gassama was walking by when he saw a crowd in front of the building and decided to spring into action.
“I saw all these people shouting, and cars sounding their horns. I climbed up like that and, thank God, I saved the child. I felt afraid when I saved the child… (when) we went into the living room, I started to shake, I could hardly stand up, I had to sit down,” he said.
According to initial inquiries by the authorities, the child’s parents were not at home at the time. The father was later held for questioning by police for having left his child unattended and was due in court later, a judicial source said. The child’s mother was not in Paris at the time.
This is why, gentlemen, you do overarm pull-ups. If he had done underarm pull-ups- oh wait, how do you even underarm in that situation?