Zhang Jiagang and his grandma are posing for a special wedding photo in May 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
A number of wedding photos went viral online, including Zhang Jiagang, a 24-year-old firefighter who works at Fenyi Fire Station in Xinyu City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, and Tang Caiying, his 85-year-old grandmother.
Tang used to be a cleaning lady at Fenyi People’s Hospital. Twenty-four years ago, Tang saw two abandoned infants in the hospital and took them home. She named them Zhang Jiagang and Zhang Jiahui. Tang and her husband raised their own children and six adopted children on their salaries and income from selling vegetables and recyclable waste. Zhang Jiagang grew up with Tang’s grandchildren and called Tang “Grandma”.
Since 2001, firefighters at the Fenyi Fire Station have been meddling to raise the orphans after learning of Tang’s good deeds. Even though firefighters came and left the fire station year after year, the help did not stop. During those years, Zhang Jiagang considered the fire station to be his second home and wanted to become a firefighter too. In 2016 his wish came true.