Sympathy for firefighter killed saving cat

2011-08-04 12:00

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".

  • Flee - 2011-08-04 12:21

    WOW, What a hero.. Condolences to the family, ... May he be given the burial he deserves...

  • blog24 - 2011-08-04 12:34

    Now that is a true HERO, my he R.I.P and condolences to his family.

  • static - 2011-08-04 12:37

    very very sad

  • Sharon - 2011-08-04 12:38

    What a brave man - he must have been a wonderful human being with a huge amount of compassion for all living creatures. (I personally have more compassion for animals than people, so completely get his actions). RIP - you died a hero & regardless of how you are buried, nothing can change that.

  • Madame-Che - 2011-08-04 16:07

    I agree wholeheartedy with all. I love animals so much. HE IS A HERO!!!

  • Jaco Le Roux - 2011-08-04 16:21

    Dont they eat cats???

      Flee - 2011-08-04 16:56

      Ok that was funny but Nooo they eat dogs..

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