Web users across China are paying tribute to a firefighter who fell to his death during a rescue mission at a burning building in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday.
Yang Kezhang, 27, was holding on to a two-year-old girl he had just rescued from the apartment building when he lost his footing and fell from the fifth floor, according to CCTV News.
The firefighter held the child against his chest as he plunged towards the ground, and miraculously, she survived the fall with only a few injuries.
Thousands of people across China have taken to social media to express their condolences after news of the firefighter’s death spread.
All residents were evacuated from the building after a five-hour rescue mission. The nine-story apartment complex broke out in flames at around 11:00 p.m. on Friday, but the cause of the fire isn’t known.