Man who rescued boy from balcony offered internship with Paris fire brigade

Mamoumou Gassama met his future firefighters colleagues at a fire station.

May 30, 2018, 11:06 AM

Paris -- The 22-year-old man from Mali who rescued a boy hanging from a balcony over the weekend in Paris met with firefighters from the Paris fire brigade on Tuesday.

Mamoudou Gassama, who arrived in France last September, has been offered a 10-month internship with the brigade and will receive around 600 euros ($690) a month. This is the standard salary for internships in France.

The head of Paris fire brigade said he was “welcoming Mamoudou Gassama so that he could discover what our job is like.”

“I am going to do everything I can” to become a firefighter, Gassama replied.

PHOTO: Mamoudou Gassama, who saved a child hanging off a balcony by scaling an apartment block with his bare hands, who received a medal and certificate for bravery, was asked to join the French fire service, May 29, 2018.
Mamoudou Gassama, who saved a child hanging off a balcony by scaling an apartment block with his bare hands, who received a medal and certificate for bravery, was asked to join the French fire service, May 29, 2018.
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Videos of Gassama scaling a building in northern Paris and pulling a young boy to safety went viral. French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Gassama at the Elysee Palace on Monday and said Gassama would become a French citizen in the coming weeks.

Gassama has already been granted legal immigration status.