Xiaoshui was sorrowful, remembering this young man Zhang Zhixian who had just turned 18 years old. Regardless of his safety, he jumped into the cold river water to rescue the 70-year-old man who fell into the water but died unfortunately. This is a touching scene that happened recently in Huangji Village, Tiefo Town, Luxi County.
For mortals' righteous actions, Zhang Zhixian's advanced deeds spread throughout the two provinces of Henan and Anhui within a short period of time, and moved countless kind hearts.
Self-denial and salvation, selfless love
On the afternoon of December 31, 2019, the outdoor temperature was about 7 degrees below zero, and water dripped into ice. At 4:50 in the afternoon, the prince who lived in Dawangqiao, Huangji Village, Tiefo Town, Suixi County, was getting wester and he was preparing to drive the geese home. At the age of 70, he was alone in a small wooden boat to the middle of the river. He slipped under his feet and fell off in response.
His wife Qi Yunlan and his two young grandsons were waiting for his wife Wang Yi to return home at the embankment of Hebei. Just now I could see my wife holding a boat to catch the geese. Unexpectedly, a few minutes later, Qi Yunlan looked up and there were no people. There was only a lonely wooden boat floating on the river, and his wife Prince Yiyi had fallen into the water.
Qi Yunlan immediately put down his grandson, ran all the way to the river, and ran for help: "Come and save people, come and save someone, someone fell into the water ..."
At this moment, Zhang Zhixian, a young man from Yongcheng who helped out at a relative ’s chicken farm, was washing the pads for chickens near a river embankment 300 meters away from the incident. Quickly rushed to the accident site. When he saw someone falling into the water, the 18-year-old Zhang Zhixian didn't think too much, he only made one choice-to save people!
After arriving at the river, Zhang Zhixian quickly took off his coat and shoes, and threw it with the mobile phone to the river. The gloves did not have time to take off. Wang Ziyi swept away. The chilling river water quickly consumed Zhang Zhixian's physical strength. Sinking and floating up again, sinking again, floating up again. The distance of more than ten meters seemed so far away ... Zhang Zhixian, who was physically weak, sank.
Seeing Zhang Zhixian and the struggling prince righteous in the river, anxious Qi Yunlan also waded into the water. At this time, the surrounding villagers rushed to the river and pulled Qi Yunlan back. In just ten minutes, at this time Zhang Zhixian and Wang Ziyi have disappeared.
Subsequently, the police, firefighters and Blue Sky rescue team rushed to the rescue operation.
At 8:30 that night, Zhang Zhixian's body was salvaged, and he was wearing white gloves while working. At 11 o'clock that night, Wang Ziyi's body was also salvaged.
The hero goes away, the spirit lives on
"Zhang Zhixian still keeps a life-saving paddling posture after getting out of the water!" After a few days, the villagers present were still sad when they recalled the scene at the time.
"That was a good boy with a kind heart. He lost his life to save my wife. He was only 18 years old. He was a child. I wanted to catch him, but I couldn't reach him ..." Qi Yunlan sadly came from it, Cover your face and cry.
Zhang Zhixian's heroic act of saving the elderly in the water moved the people around him, and his neighbors immersed in grief, such as several families narrated many touching deeds in his short life!
Zhang Zhixian is a villager in the third group of Zhang Dachang Village, Gaozhuang Town, Yongcheng City. He is handsome, sunny, always helpful, and not disappointed. He is a good guy in everyone's eyes. This was the case at home and abroad. At the time of the incident, he helped out at the chicken farm of the relatives of the Wangqiao Group in Huangji Village.
After learning about the incident, the leaders of the Political and Legal Committee of Huaibei City, Luxi County, and governments at all levels came to Yongcheng City, Henan Province, to visit and comfort Zhang Zhixian's family members, while paying high respect to Zhang Zhixian's spirit of self-denial and salvation.
In Zhang Zhixian's hometown, the Yongcheng Municipal Committee and Municipal Government of Henan Province awarded him "seeing the righteous as an advanced individual"; the Yongcheng Federation of Trade Unions awarded him the "May 1 Labor Medal"; .
Many media in Huaibei, Yongcheng and other places reported their touching deeds for the first time. Netizens have left a message: "He is the pride of the youth of the two places" and "Salute to the rescue hero Zhang Zhixian." Netizens praised him and thought about it.
Many citizens said that Zhang Zhixian's leap forward demonstrated the brightest spirit of youth in the new era, and the city will always remember this young hero.
■ Reporter Yan Su