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Old December 29th, 2017, 11:12 PM   #1
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National Guard soldier home for holidays died saving people in the deadly Bronx fire

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A National Guard soldier home for the holidays died trying to save people in the deadly Bronx fire

A National Guard soldier who was home for the holidays died while saving people from the massive apartment fire in the Bronx borough in New York City on Thursday night, according to several news reports.

Emmanuel Mensah, a 28-year-old who immigrated from Ghana five years ago, returned to his apartment for the first time after joining the Army a year ago, according to The New York Times. He was among the 12 people killed in the blaze that consumed an apartment building near the corner of East 187th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Mensah lived with friends of his father a married couple and their four children. He got that family out of the burning building safely before pulling four more people from the fire, said Twum Bredu, his uncle who lived next door. Witnesses cited in the Times' report say Mensah disappeared after going back into the building to look for more victims.

"He brought four people out," Bredu told The Times. "When he went to bring a fifth person out, the fire caught up with him."

Mensah is believed to have died of smoke inhalation, authorities said.

"I thought maybe he was coming back," said his father, Kwabena Mensah, according to CBS News. "Unfortunately, it turns out the other way."

Kwabena, who reportedly searched for his son at nearby hospitals, said he was not surprised by his son's final act.

"That's what I think, because it was in his nature," Kwabena said. "He wanted to help people out."
A US Army soldier died trying to save people in Bronx fire - Business Insider
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Legal immigrant. I've known quite a few folks from Ghana, they appreciate this country.

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