A fire tore through a Bronx apartment complex last week, leaving 12 people dead. One of the victims was a National Guardsman named Emmanuel Mensah.
“He brought four people out,” said his uncle, Twum Bredu. “When he went to bring a fifth person out, the fire caught up with him.”
PFC Mensah was a decorated soldier with a medal for marksmanship. He has been hailed as a hero for his rescue efforts during this tragic blaze.
After saving a mother and her four children, he went back into the building and rescued four more people. But he wasn’t ready to be done just yet. He knew there were still more people in the burning apartment.
For the third time that night, Mensah entered the burning building. Although this time, he never came back.
Mensah immigrated to the Bronx from Ghana five years ago. After graduating from boot camp with the rank of private first class, he returned home to spend the holidays with family.
While he was visiting a friend of his father’s, the deadly fire broke out in their apartment complex.
Authorities were able to recover his body from the ruins and deemed the cause of death to be smoke inhalation. The fire was reportedly started by a child playing with a stove.
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