|Air Force Staff Sergeant Kang Ji-ho at the 1st Fighter Wing's base in Gwangju, about 330 kilometers south of Seoul. Kang saved the lives of three people trapped inside a burning house in Damyang, South Jeolla Province, Sunday. Courtesy of Air Force|
By Lee Min-hyung
Air Force Staff Sergeant Kang Ji-ho has been lauded for rescuing two children and an elderly man trapped in a burning house.
Kang was walking nearby when he heard children crying out for help in the house in Damyang, South Jeolla Province, Sunday.
The soldier, 25, broke down the locked front door and ran in to save the children and man.
Kang then called 119 for emergency services and took care of the three before paramedics and ambulances arrived. They were taken to a nearby hospital and are in good condition.
Kang also took to the street to control traffic and helped pave the way for the rescue team to arrive quickly.
"As a soldier, I did what I had to do, and that is to save the lives of the public," Kang said. "It is a relief that they are safe."
Speaking highly of his brave act, Damyang Police Station awarded him a special commendation.
Chief Constable Jeong Yong-seon said the three might have died or suffered serious injuries without Kang's immediate action. Jeong also expressed gratitude to Kang.