Mar 15, Seoul: The LG Foundation has presented a humanitarian award to a Sri Lankan worker in South Korea for his courage in saving an elderly woman from a house fire.
Katabilla Ketiye Gedara Nimal Siri, 39, jumped into the burning house in Gunui, North Gyeongsang Province, on Feb. 10, after hearing that a woman in the village where he was working was trapped by a fire and could not escape, Korea Herald reported.
Though he saved her life, he was hospitalized for burns on his face and lung damage.
In recognition of his act, the LG Foundation has offered 30 million won ($26,200) to him. He is the first foreign recipient of the award, the foundation said.
"He could have lost his life in a foreign land where he has no family, but jumped into the blaze without any hesitation. His courageous action will become an example for neighborly love," an LG official said.