New York City to honour Ghanaian-born soldier


New York City has announced plans to name a street after Emmanuel Mensah, a heroic soldier who died rescuing four people from a burning building.

Mr Mensah, a US army private, was home for the holidays when the fire broke out on 28 December in an apartment building in New York City’s Bronx neighbourhood.

He ran in and out of the building several times before he died on the fourth floor.

In total, the fire claimed 13 lives, making it New York City’s deadliest fire in 25 years.

“It means a lot,” said Mensah’s father, Kwabena Mensah, about the decision to name a street after his son. “[This] will keep him here forever.”

Mr Mensah will also receive a Soldier’s Medal from the army, the highest honour for bravery outside armed conflict.

His story has been covered by media in both the US and Ghana.