On today, Learn From Lei Feng Day, let us remember someone who gives the moniker “Lei Feng” actual meaning.
On March 1, a tourist fell into the Pearl River in Guangzhou while taking pictures. Police officer Zheng Yilong, who happened to be passing by, dove into the water after him and managed to corral him to shore. You can watch part of the dramatic rescue in the video above. But while people pulled the tourist to safety, officer Zheng drifted way from their grasp, and disappeared underwater. His body has yet to be found.
The tourist, surnamed Chen, blames himself for the officer’s death. You can see him sobbing during his interview from a local hospital. It’s hard to not get a little emotional while watching.
The Nanfang has more on this story:
This story has melted even the most cynical hearts on the Chinese blogosphere. One Sina Weibo user said: “Bring this hero back safely.” Another said “I believe he will be okay.” Another said, “Let us wish good luck upon good people,” while many more lit candles.