Hearing a woman’s desperate cries for help, Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole did not hesitate to wade into the freezing Thames to try to save her.
It was a selfless act of bravery that cost the promising 20-year-old footballer his life.
But had things turned out differently, his parents believe he would not even have mentioned the incident. Folajimi’s mother Olasunkanmi feels sure it was just the sort of everyday heroism that her big-hearted son, known as Jimi, would have brushed off.
She said: “I am certain that if Jimi had survived that night, he would have come home and not even mentioned that he saved a woman from the River Thames. He wouldn’t have spoken about it because he wouldn’t have wanted us making a fuss. That is the type of person he was.
It is for this and many other tales of selflessness that Jimi has been nominated for The Sun’s Who Cares Wins awards.
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