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Body of Iranian self-giving fireman laid to rest
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Following his death, Abbasi donated three of his organs, including both kidneys and his liver, and saved three more lives."

The body of an Iranian fireman, who lost his life to save a little girl while on duty, has been laid to rest in the capital, Tehran, Press TV reports.


The funeral ceremony for the death of Omid Abbasi was held on Sunday and attended by high-ranking officials, including Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf.

During the ceremony, Jalal Maleki, head of Tehran’s Fire Department, told Press TV that the incident happened at the scene of a terrible fire in northeast of Tehran on May 14.

According to Maleki, Abbasi rushed to the 10th floor of the building on fire, where a seven-year-old girl was trapped. He had decided to take off his oxygen mask and give it to the little girl so that she can survive choking smoke.

“He came downstairs and fainted. He was immediately taken to the emergency room but the doctors could not save him despite their hard work,” Maleki added.

Following his death, Abbasi donated three of his organs, including both kidneys and his liver, and saved three more lives.

There are 4,000 firefighters in the Iranian capital. The last fireman died in January this year and donated six of his organs after his death.

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