Sen. Chuck Schumer is urging the Military to posthumously honor soldier Emmanuel Mensah, who died Dec. 28 whereas rescuing individuals from a large Bronx fireplace.
Non-public First Class Mensah was among the many 13 victims of the fast-moving blaze that decreased the constructing at 2363 Prospect Ave. right into a charred wreck.
Earlier than his tragic demise, the younger soldier saved 4 lives, officers stated.
Mensah, 28, plunged out and in of the flaming constructing at the least thrice — bringing at the least 4 different residents to security — earlier than he succumbed on the fourth flooring.
The Military Nationwide Guard soldier, whose household emigrated from Ghana, had lived at 2363 Prospect Ave. earlier than going to Virginia for coaching, the Military stated in a press release on its web site.
Mensah, a everlasting authorized resident, had enlisted in 2016.
Schumer, (D-N.Y.) wrote a letter to the Military asking them to concern a posthumous award to acknowledge Mensah’s bravery and sacrifice.
“Non-public First Class Emmanuel Mensah was many issues: a soldier, an immigrant, a first-generation American, a New Yorker — however above all else he was a hero,” Schumer stated in his letter.
“It’s my honest hope that the Division of the Military will honor and acknowledge considered one of their very own who lived and died based on the very best beliefs of their establishment and of this nation,” he wrote.
The lethal fireplace — the worst in metropolis historical past for the reason that 1990 Joyful Land nightclub fireplace that killed 87 — was sparked by a toddler enjoying with a range on the primary flooring, officers stated.
The boy’s mother, who nonetheless hasn’t been named, fled the burning constructing, leaving her door open behind her. That allow the flames shortly unfold to an adjoining fireplace escape.
When firefighters bought contained in the constructing, they discovered Mensah on an higher flooring.
Based mostly on the place he fell, the firefighters stated they believed Mensah was nonetheless making an attempt to rescue different trapped individuals, New York Military Nationwide Guard officers stated.
Mensah was slated to start drilling with the New York Military Nationwide Guard’s 107th Navy Police Firm this month.
The 107th Navy Police Firm is predicated at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.
Mensah was nonetheless assigned to Firm A of the New York Military Nationwide Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion previous to becoming a member of the 107th MP Firm.
Employees Sgt. Ruben Martinez-Ortiz recruited Mensah, based on the Military.
He advised the Nationwide Guard that Mensah was a wonderful soldier.
“I knew from the second I met him his coronary heart was as huge as our Nationwide Guard household,” Martinez-Ortiz stated in an article about Mensah on the Military’s web site.
“He was able to serve our nation and neighborhood. Pfc. Mensah was the embodiment of what our Military Values stand for,” Martinez-Ortiz stated.