Soldier home for holidays dies saving lives in a Bronx tenement fire

Soldier home for holidays dies saving lives in a Bronx tenement fire
Emmanuel Mensah (Image: Family photo via New York Post)

[Ed. – This is the definition of ‘heroism.’]

An Army solider died in the Bronx inferno Thursday night — while heroically rushing in and out of the apartment building to save several other lives, his grieving dad told The Post.

“That’s his nature,” said Kwabena Mensah, 62, whose son Emmanuel died when the Belmont building went up in flames.

“He was trying to help people out from the fire, and unfortunately he lost his life. He tried to do his best.”

Emmanuel, 28, had been home from Army duty for the holiday after finishing basic training in Georgia, said the dad. He was scheduled to head next to Virginia and from there to battlefields unknown.

Instead, the blaze at the five-story apartment building near the Bronx Zoo became his last stand. Emmanuel was one of 12 to lose their lives in the fire, the deadliest since the 1990 Happy Land Social Club arson took 87 lives less than a mile away.

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