By Cathy Elelman • 11 December 2019 • 19:48
BRAVE: Without thinking twice Gorgui scaled the wall and went into the burning house to rescue disabled Alex.
CREDIT: Roberta Etter
DENIA residents have launched a petition demanding the undocumented Senegalese who rescued a disabled man from a house fire in Denia is given legal status in Spain.
Street hawker Gorgui Lamine Sow was walking down Calle Port when he saw smoke billowing out from a first floor balcony and heard cries for help.
Without thinking twice he scaled the wall and got over a balcony and into the burning house while neighbours fetched a ladder.
He managed to hoist Alex Caudeli onto his shoulder and carry him down to safety before the emergency services arrived at the scene.
The brave hero then simply washed his hands in a neighbour’s house and went on his way before anyone had a chance to find out his name.
Within days Gorgui was tracked down and named in Spanish press. He reportedly came to Spain from Senegal several years ago, and lives with his girlfriend and baby daughter.
On Tuesday the 20-year old was united with Alex in front of the cameras.
The young man has been widely credited with saving the life of Alex, who is unable to walk, and who was in hospital for several days receiving treatment for burns after the fire at his home.
The public petition calls for Gorgui to be given work and residency papers as a reward for his act of bravery.
Spanish press also reported Denia council has joined those pushing for the legalisation of Gorgui’s situation and had written to the Sub-delegation of the Government in Alicante to ask for his status, and by extension that of his family, to be regularised as soon as possible.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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