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German gets medal for saving dozens during Oslo massacre

The Local · 4 Oct 2011, 17:17

Published: 04 Oct 2011 17:17 GMT+02:00

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Marcel Gleffe, 32, was on holiday near the island of Utoeya in July when he heard what he initially thought was fireworks on the island – but quickly realised was gunfire.

Anders Behring Breivik had already set off a bomb in nearby Oslo and was walking around the island shooting the participants of a youth camp. A total of 77 people were killed and dozens more injured.

When Gleffe went to the water he could see desperate children trying to swim to safety and jumped into a boat to help them get away. He managed to get around six people in his boat at a time and made several trips, rescuing around 30 people in total.

German President Christian Wulff awarded him the Order of Merit on Tuesday – along with 35 others including scientists, musicians and actors.

“I’m very proud,” Gleffe said at the ceremony. “I couldn’t receive a greater honour.”

Wulff called Gleffe’s exploits “comforting and encouraging,” despite the tragedy.

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Your comments about this article

20:42 October 4, 2011 by GeoJet
Wow, excellent job for him on all counts. But what's with that single errant comma in the first sentence? You'll never win a Bundesverdienstkreuz of your own with sloppy work like that, Marc Young, no matter how many whiney commentaries you write for the Tagesspiegel.
22:05 October 4, 2011 by LarryLaffer
@ GeoJet

I must have misunderstood something. I thought this article was about a heroic young man, but obviously I was wrong; it is about spelling and grammar.

Please continue, the news are not important. More important is of course that you teach us English grammar.
22:18 October 4, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ LarryLaffer

Apparently you did not read GeoJet's comment carefully enough to notice that he started by commenting the content of the news. Only after that he added two sentences about the grammar of the opening paragraph. Spelling and grammar are indeed important in media. And it is not that GeoJet stole the point of the heated debate stormed by the other comments.
04:52 October 5, 2011 by Shirazz
You go Gleffe, hats off to you. Your parents must have done something right to have produced a fine human with a brave heart like you.
10:17 October 5, 2011 by ECSNatale
Look very closely Ladies and Gentlemen... that is the face of a hero. Thunderous applause, Sir!
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