22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbed up four floors of the Paris, France apartment building in just seconds to rescue a child dangling from the balcony edge.
The real-life spiderman hero, a Malian migrant, was in Paris to watch a footbal match in a local restaurant, and saw the commotion on onlookers at the bottom of the building.
"I like children, I would have hated to see him getting hurt in front of me. I ran and I looked for solutions to save him and thank God I scaled the front of the building to the balcony," he said.
(via CNN, "'Spiderman' granted French citizenship after rescuing child from Paris balcony")
Video shows neighbors on the adjoining balcony struggling to pull the child to safety.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo:
"He explained to me that he arrived from Mali a few months ago with the dream of making a life for himself here. I replied that his heroic act is an example for all citizens and that the city of Paris will obviously be keen to support him in his efforts to settle in France," she posted to Twitter.The Paris fire brigade tweeted: "Mamoudou shares the values of the Paris fire brigade. We are ready to welcome him."
Gassama has been granted French citizenship and a job in the fire brigade.