A street in Bronx, New York, is set to be named after Private 1st Class Emmanuel Mensah, the Ghanaian-born US soldier who died rescuing people from the Belmont building fire in December 2017.
This was announced by the area’s district councilman, Ritchie Torres.
Kwabena Mensah will also receive a Medal of Valor and a Soldier’s Medal from the Army, the latter being the highest peacetime honour for bravery not involving armed conflict.
The 28-year-old soldier was among the 13 victims of the fire that gutted the building on December 28, 2017.
Mr. Torres was speaking during a gathering of the community and religious leaders to announce support for the victims of the Belmont building fire, as well as the distribution of donations collected.
“Emmanuel Mensah represents the best that this country and this community has to offer,” Mr. Torres said.
Speaking to the New York Daily News, Mensah’s father, Kwabena Mensah, 62, said the street renaming would honour the grieving family and to his Son.