March 25, 2009

‘Spider-Man’ firefighter rescues boy

A fast-thinking Bangkok firefighter with a superhero costume handy is being credited with rescuing an 11-year-old autistic child from a third-floor balcony.

Asia News Network reported Tuesday that the boy's mother had told authorities her son liked superhero characters and so the firefighter, whose name wasn't revealed, rushed to grab the Spider-Man costume he kept at the fire station.

The sight of Spider-Man offering him a glass of juice brought a smile to the boy's face and he went to the superhero and embraced him.

A teacher said the boy had been crying because he was upset during his first day at school and his mother had been late picking him up, the network said.

The firefighter kept the costume on hand to entertain children during fire drills.