Seeing everyday people act like superheroes never gets old — it’s a great reminder that it is still good in this crazy world.
Last week, a 22-year-old man scaled a high rise in Paris, when he noticed a child hanging precariously over the edge of one of the balconies.
Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian migrant who is currently living in Paris, did not wait a second when he saw the child hanging off the edge, and immediately started climbing. Someone videotaped his heroics, and it looked like a real-life super hero in action.
He has even been given the nickname “Spider-Man” after the video of him scaling the building went viral.
After the life-saving incident, Gassama was asked how he was able to climb the building and what gave him the courage to do so.
“I didn’t think about it, I climbed up and God helped me,” Gassama stated.
“I like children. I would have hated to see him getting hurt in front of me. I ran and I looked for solutions to save him and thank God I scaled the front of the building to the balcony,” Gassama added.
Not only has Gassama received great praise for his actions from people around the world, but He also was able to meet the French President, Emmanuel Macron.
Macron not only gave Gassama a gold medal for his acts of bravery, but he also granted Gassama French citizenship.
Gassama was also praised by Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris called Gassama “an example for all citizens.”
Following the incident, police began to investigate the father of the child for neglect, while the child is “placed in care.”
You can watch the video of Gassama scaling the building here: