08 Jan '18, 1pm

Honor Sought for US Soldier Who Died in Bronx Fire Rescue

Honor Sought for US Soldier Who Died in Bronx Fire Rescue

NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the Army to posthumously honor a U.S. soldier and native of Ghana who raced repeatedly into a burning New York City apartment building, saving four people before he died in flames that also claimed a dozen other lives. Army National Guard Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah, 28, "was many things: a soldier, an immigrant, a first-generation American, a New Yorker — but above all else he was a hero," the New York Democrat said in a letter to the Army requesting that Mensah be formally awarded for his sacrifice. Mensah perished Dec. 28 on a frigid night inside the five-story Bronx apartment building where he lived before joining the military a year earlier, Army officials said. He was home for Christmas after finishing National Guard basic training in Fort Lee , Virginia. The fire, the city's deadliest since 1990, was accidentally started by a child ...

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