H3 Tactical remains committed to honoring those who stand strong in the face of danger. Mr. Lassana Bathily was a French shop worker who saved many lives during the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France earlier this year. Shooters entered the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, killing 12. Five more people were killed in the streets of Paris as the shooters continued their rampage.
Mr. Lassana Bathily was awarded with a special H3 Tactical timepiece at the NYPD MOS Scholarship dinner for his heroic actions during the attacks. Mr. Alan Zaidi, the President of Watch Stream, Incorporated, awarded Mr. Bathily the watch at a celebratory dinner. Watch Stream, Inc. is the official distributor of H3 Tactical watches in the United States. Mr. Bathily is truly a deserving member of the community and this award is a small gesture compared to his big actions.
Mr. Bathily saved 15 lives during the attack by hiding them in the supermarket he worked at. One of the shooters entered the shop and took innocent people hostage while Mr. Bathily was able to hide some away in a cold storage room. The 24 year old is originally from Mali and emigrated to France nine years ago. He applied for French citizenship a year ago and was eagerly awaiting a decision.
“People say I’m a hero but I’m not a hero. I’m Lassana,” Mr. Bathily said when word got out of his heroic actions at the supermarket. His actions not only saved lives, but got the news out that others were trapped by the shooter in this small Paris shop. He said that, if faced with the situation again, he would do it all the same.
H3 Tactical was proud to honor the actions of Mr. Bathily during the attack on Charlie Hebdo. His actions truly took to heart the H3 Tactical pillars of humanity, strength, selflessness, and kindness towards all. Mr. Bathily’s life-saving actions kept the terrorist attack from being worse than it was and was truly an example of the good in our society that cannot and will not tear people apart.
Mr. Bathily was given an honorary French citizenship by the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, and the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. His actions were lauded by members of the French government as well as hundreds of thousands of people around the world who recognized the bravery of Mr. Bathily. His courage in the face of an unthinkable situation is a testament to the strength of his character.
H3 Tactical stands firmly behind Mr. Bathily and all those who stand every day for equality, strength, and justice for all. Mr. Bathily may not consider himself a hero, but he is truly a force for good in the world where so many things are uncertain. H3 Tactical is proud to recognize the bravery and selflessness of Mr. Lassana Bathily for the heroic actions he took to save numerous lives during the Charlie Hebdo massacre.