CHONGQING, China — After a long day at the assembly plant of Changan Ford Automobile (CAF), Ford’s joint venture, welder Yang Jun was on his way home. Although it was cool and comfortable in the air-conditioned workshop, the Chongqing summer was blisteringly hot out on the streets.
It was near Baosheng Lake when Yang heard some shouting in the distance, “Someone is drowning!” Yang, a retired air force member, instantly put aside his weariness and sprang into action.
The Baosheng Lake is known by locals to be a dangerous place to swim in summer. The lives of two teenage students were hanging by a thread when Yang reached the lake.
Without any hestation, Yang dove into the dark, lake water and grasped the two desperate young people in his strong arms. Summoning all of his strength and will, he lifted them out of the cold water.
“It was just a spontaneous reaction towards two people who were in trouble,” said Yang.
After saving the two teenagers, Yang was asked for his name and the company he worked for, but the former soldier said his name was not important.
“Everybody would’ve have done the same thing,” Yang said. “I was capable of doing it and it seemed a natural thing for me at the time.”
“When I was informed of Yang Jun’s courageous and selfless act, I was deeply moved,” commented Marin Burela, President & CEO of Changan Ford.
“He is a hero and an example to all of us of what we should aspire to be as human beings, both in times of crisis and in our everyday lives. We are all honored to have him as a teammate at Changan Ford,” said Burela.
Yang works as a welder at Changan Ford Automobile.