Sympathy for firefighter killed saving cat
Seoul - A firefighter who died while trying to rescue a cat has sparked an outpouring of sympathy among South Koreans, with many demanding he should be laid to rest in the national cemetery.
Kim Jong-Hyeon, aged 29, fell to his death while trying to save a cat trapped in a building in the northeastern city of Sokcho last week.
By law, firefighters who perish while fighting a fire or rescuing humans can be buried in the national cemetery. Kim's case falls into a legal grey area because he was saving a pet.
Internet users have said Kim warrants a national cemetery burial because he died in the line of duty while responding to a citizen's call.
An animal rights group has launched a petition. Another group raised about $1 500 and delivered it to Kim's pregnant wife, expressing "thanks for the sake of animals who can't speak".