With a blazing fire at his back, a South Korean firefighter defended apartment dwellers as the residence was burning to the ground.
Firefighter Choi Kil-soo, who has been a firefighter for only two months, saved the lives of five people in Seoul during the weekend by blocking flames with his back so they could jump out of a window, according to CNN affilitate KBS.
Choi Kil-soo waited until everyone was out of the third-floor apartment before jumping out of the burning building himself — breaking his hip in the fall.
Due to his injury and the expected recovery, his wedding, which was scheduled to take place in three weeks, had to be postponed.
He describes his thinking and the environment in his interview with KBS.
“My mission is to save people. I acted out of instinct rather than out of knowledge, because I had to carry out my mission,” Choi Kil-soo said. “I was holding onto a handrail, but my gloves were already on fire,” he said from his hospital bed.
Video from the scene shows the hero shielding residents from the flames as they climbed out the window.
When the residents reached safety, the brave firefighter, made his escape crashing to the ground.
“All I could think of was rescuing the residents,” Choi Kil-soo said.
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