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The death of a female firefighter has become a national issue after her colleagues came forward with accounts that a drunken man who physically and verbally assaulted her one month ago might have caused her death.
Local authorities released CCTV footage of the attack on Wednesday, putting a spotlight on the very tough working conditions facing firefighters - and the emotional toll they can exact.
The case revolves around Kang Yeon-hee, 51, a veteran firefighter at the Iksan Fire Station in North Jeolla, who was working on a paramedics team and had nearly 20 years of field experience. Kang died Tuesday, a week after being hospitalized following a cerebral hemorrhage.
According to the Jeonbuk Fire Service, the North Jeolla branch of Korea’s fire safety headquarters, Kang approached a 48-year-old inebriated man surnamed
Yoon who was lying unconscious in the middle of a road on April 2 at around 1 p.m. near a train station. As Kang and her co-workers moved Yoon to an ambulance
and transported him to a nearby hospital, he punched Kang in the face and head at least six times and made offensive sexual comments.