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Vietnam teen recreates adorable 'piggyback' photo with fireman who saved his life

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 14:00 GMT+7
Vietnam teen recreates adorable 'piggyback' photo with fireman who saved his life
Nguyen Hoang Giang gives firefighter Hoang a piggyback ride (R) as they recreate a similar photo of Hoang saving Giang from a fire in Hanoi on September 10, 2019.

A teenage boy who was carried to safety by a firefighter from a house fire in Hanoi last month has recreated a photo of his rescue with the hero who saved his life.

Nguyen Hoang Giang, 18, was trapped in a fire at a clothing store on Nui Truc Street in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District on September 10.

Hoang, an officer from the department of firefighting police in Dong Da District who was dispatched to the site, found Giang unconsious on the building's burning fourth floor and carried the boy on his back all the way to the ground.

The heroic action saved the boy's life. Giang has made a speedy recovery and is now well on his feet one month after the fire.

Firefighter Hoang piggybacks Nguyen Hoang Giang as they get out of a fire in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, September 10, 2019 in this provided photo.
Firefighter Hoang carries Nguyen Hoang Giang out of a fire in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi on September 10, 2019 in this provided photo.

On Friday afternoon, the boy and his father paid a visit to the Dong Da firefighting police department to personally say their thanks to Hoang and his colleagues.

“Thank you for carrying me on your back out of the fire,” said an emotional Giang as he gave flowers to his hero.

"It's no big deal," the humble fireman replied simply, adding that it was his sworn duty to save lives.

Nguyen Hoang Giang (blue T-shirt) and his father (third right) pose for a photo with officers at the firefighting department in Dong Da District, Hanoi, October 11, 2019 in this provided photo.
Nguyen Hoang Giang (blue T-shirt) and his father (third right) pose for a photo with officers at the firefighting police department in Dong Da District, Hanoi, October 11, 2019 in this provided photo.

Nguyen Viet Thanh, Giang’s father, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that his son has been talking about an opportunity to meet his savior since he regained consciousness after the incident.

As a parent who almost lost his son to the fire, Thanh said he still gets emotional whenever he recounts the moment the brave firefighter brought Giang out of the burning building.

“For the rest of my life, I will never forget that Hoang risked his life to save my son’s,” Thanh said.

“Without them [the firefighters of Dong Da District], I don’t know how my life would have turned out.”

Nguyen Hoang Giang piggybacks firefighter Hoang as they pose for a photo during their meeting on October 11, 2019. Photo: Pham Thang / Tuoi Tre
Nguyen Hoang Giang gives firefighter Hoang a piggyback ride as they pose for a photo during a reunion on October 11, 2019. Photo: Pham Thang / Tuoi Tre

At Friday’s meeting, Giang and his father also took some photos with Hoang and other firefighting officers.

The 18-year-old jokingly gave Hoang a piggyback ride when they posed for one of the photos, recreating a similar photo of the fireman bringing Giang out of harm's way during last month’s rescue.

“I felt great being able to carry brother Hoang,” Giang said of the fireman, who is nine years his senior.

The adorable "piggyback" photo has received loads of compliments after it was shared on Facebook on Friday.

The two photos are arranged in one layout and shared on social media
The two piggyback photos are arranged in one layout and shared on social media.

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