Funeral Held for National Guardsman Killed in Bronx Fire

Firefighters respond to the Dec. 28 fire in Bronx, New York that took the life of Army National Guardsman Emmanuel Mensah. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Firefighters respond to the Dec. 28 fire in Bronx, New York that took the life of Army National Guardsman Emmanuel Mensah. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, celebrated the funeral mass for an Army National Guard soldier and native of Ghana, who died rescuing some of more than a dozen people trapped in the deadliest fire in the city in quarter of a century.

A funeral was held Saturday for 28-year-old Emmanuel Mensah, whom the U.S. government honored by posthumously awarding him two military valor medals. Mensah's funeral was at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Belmont.

In December, Mensah escaped the blaze that engulfed his apartment building in the Belmont section of the Bronx. He kept going back into the inferno to bring out a family that included four children.

Fire officials say the blaze was started by a child playing with a gas stove.

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