Zildayenti cried when she saw a cellular phone and a mud covered wallet which used to belong to her son, Budi Susanto, 26, who worked as a head chef at the Ambacang Hotel in Padang, West Sumatra. Budi could have escaped from the building, but instead he decided to save his staff and was killed with more than 100 others when the hotel collapsed during last week’s powerful earthquake.
“Abang could have escaped because he was near the door, but as a responsible head chef, he couldn’t abandon his crew,” said Ari, Budi’s brother who also worked at the hotel as a pastry chef.
“Abang ran back into the kitchen and helped his staff escape. He helped me out but then he ran back in again and that was the last time I saw him,” he said.
Zildayenti sobbed as rescue officers emptied out the content of her son’s wallet, which mainly consisted of foreign currencies such as ringgit, dollars, baht, rupee and his identification card.
“Budi was a good son,” she said between sobs.
Budi Susanto’s body was found on Monday at 11 a.m. His body was trapped between concrete walls and wooden panels near the hotel’s swimming pool.