Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, is pictured during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, May, 28, 2018. Mamoudou Gassama living illegally in France is being honored by Macron for scaling an apartment building over the weekend to save a 4-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)
Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The man who risked his life to save a young boy who was dangling from a balcony has started his new career with the Paris Fire Brigade.
Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant from Mali, started his job on Sunday as one of 24 recruits, CNN reported.
24 nouveaux volontaires service civique dont Mamoudou Gassama ont rejoint cet après midi la brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris. Félicitations à eux 👩🚒👏 Pour celles et ceux qui veulent nous rejoindre ➡️https://t.co/j8oOCktHbvpic.twitter.com/bcc6h448nP
Video of Gassama, who was nicknamed “Spider-Man” after the incident, went viral earlier this year when he scaled the outside of an apartment building to save the 4-year-old boy who had found himself hanging from a balcony railing, CNN reported.
The boy’s father was charged with abandoning his parental responsibilities. He will appear in court later this year, The Telegraph reported. He faces two years in prison and a 30,000-euro fine, BFM reported in May.