Heroes can come from unexpected places.
During the Islamist terror siege at Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in the Paris suburb of Vincennes, help came from a person that might have seemed unlikely to many.
Lassana Bathily, 24, a Muslim store employee, moved six customers to a safe haven in a store freezer to protect them from the attack.
“When they ran down, I opened the door [of the freezer],” he told BFMTV. “There are several people who came to me. I turned off the light, I turned off the freezer. When I turned off the cold, I put them in, I closed the door. I told them to stay calm.”
Using a freight elevator, Bathily escaped and conveyed vital information to authorities.
Many area residents have urged French authorities to reward Bathily with the French Medal of Honour for his heroics.
“They were saved thanks to the Muslim employee of the supermarket,” Albert Guigui, the chief rabbi of Brussels, told The Sunday Times. “He pushed them towards the back of the shop and down to the cellar. It’s thanks to him that they were saved.”
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