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Chinese city rewards modest hero who climbed six floors to rescue young girl

Yang Songling didn’t even leave his name at the scene but was tracked down and thanked by police after several days

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 June, 2016, 5:09pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 June, 2017, 12:53pm

A man who climbed to the sixth floor of a block of block of flats with his bare hands to save a four-year old girl from falling to her death in a city in eastern China last week has received a 5,000-yuan reward for heroism from the city government, the Yangtse Evening News reports.

Yang Songling, an interior decoration worker in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, was driving past the building when he saw a girl with half her body hanging outside a balcony on the sixth floor, crying and ready to fall any moment.

Yang immediately stopped the car and ran to the foot of the building and without assistance or safety measures shimmied up drain pipe.

When he reached the girl after climbing for about two minutes, he asked her to hold him around the neck and was able to put her safely back over the railing with what remained of his strength.

He stayed in the flat with the girl until her relatives arrived.

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Liu, from Zhoukou in Henan province, said he also had a four-year old son and he was just doing what anyone would in an emergency.

He left the scene without leaving his name.

It took the police several days to find Liu and make his heroic deed known to the public.