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“Fire­fight­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers were all per­suad­ing the woman. Af­ter she calmed down, I took the res­cue belt and ap­proached her from be­hind.”

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS -

So said Bai Bing, the leader of the Ma­juqiao fire­fight­ing di­vi­sion. Bai was sent to res­cue a woman who at­tempted to jump off a build­ing on Ma­juqiao’s mar­ket street, Tongzhou dis­trict re­cently. Af­ter ar­riv­ing on the scene, Bai and his col­leagues quickly in­flated an air cushion on the ground be­low, and a team of them went to the top of the build­ing with res­cue equip­ment. Dur­ing the process, strangers, fire­fight­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers kept try­ing to per­suade the woman not to jump. At 4:30 pm, the woman’s hus­band came and talked to her. Af­ter she calmed down, Bai grabbed her from be­hind and tied the res­cue belt around her waist. The crowd burst into ap­plause at her safe res­cue. (Source: Bei­jing Morn­ing Post)

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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