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Newark Mayor Cory Booker helps save neighbor from fire

11:14 am - 04/13/2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker suffered second-degree burns and smoke inhalation as he helped rescue one of his next-door neighbors from a burning building Thursday, according to reports.

Booker returned home to his home in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood of this New Jersey city to find the building next door was on fire, the The Star-Ledger newspaper said.
"We got everybody out of the house, but their daughter’s screaming, ‘I’m upstairs!’" he told the paper.

He went in, followed by his security detail, and heard cries for help from upstairs. When he got to the second floor, he was engulfed in flames and smoke.

"I suddenly had the realization that I can't find this woman," Booker told The Star-Ledger newspaper. "I look behind me and see the flames and I think 'I'm not going to get out of here.' Suddenly I was at peace with the fact that I was going to jump out the window."
Then he heard the woman's voice again from another bedroom.


"I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed," Booker said.

They got downstairs, but then collapsed, Booker said.

The paper reported a total of five people went the hospital: the mayor, three members of his security detail, and the woman from the house.

Rescued woman has back, neck burns
The woman was listed in stable condition in the hospital, the Star-Ledger said. She had burns to her back and neck.

Fire Chief John Centanni told The Star-Ledger that the mayor may have saved the woman's life.

In a press conference Friday, Booker said he used to think he had problems. "Now everything seems so small in my life."

Booker was treated for burns on his hand and breathing in smoke, the paper added.

"Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok," Booker said in a message on his Twitter account.

"Thanks everyone, my injuries were relatively minor. Thanks to Det. Alex Rodriguez who helped get all of the people out of the house," he added on Twitter.

Another Twitter user, Alethea Felton, said in a message responding to Booker's tweet, "@CoryBooker Wow...I can't wait until you're PRESIDENT oneday-YOU ROCK! God bless you for your devotion & humility to those you serve."


Sauce.

apis_cerana 13th-Apr-2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Omg I JUST submitted this LOLOLOL



MTE
fightingwords 13th-Apr-2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
HA
crossfire 13th-Apr-2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
Badass.

OT: Totally not into the stupid scissors icon for LJ cuts. Yet another LJ misfeature.
chaya 13th-Apr-2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah I first noticed it in a _p submission and I was like "... did they do that special or is that how cuts look now? ~_o"
maenads_dance 13th-Apr-2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
OMFG! I've had a crush on him since 2006, seriously.
shukivengeance 13th-Apr-2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
What a guy. Heroism like that, and then to downplay it. I've never heard of him before but I am impressed with his humility and class.
fightingwords 13th-Apr-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Look him up. He's a great mayor, for real.
poetic_pixie_13 13th-Apr-2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
Cory Booker is a goddamn superhero.

purple01_prose 13th-Apr-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
+ALL the internets
evewithanapple 13th-Apr-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Isn't he also the one who went out shovelling peoples' driveways after that blizzard a few years back?
fightingwords 13th-Apr-2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yep!
martydressler 13th-Apr-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Totally awesome.
velvetunicorn 13th-Apr-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
He seems like a genuinely good guy who wants to make a difference.
keeperofthekeys 13th-Apr-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
That macro is the best
bmh4d0k3n 13th-Apr-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
+1
citiesburning 13th-Apr-2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
When does good news happen in NJ. Good job Mr. Mayor.
babysinclair 13th-Apr-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Especially for a city like Newark!
arabwel 13th-Apr-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a badass.

Wonder if the guys in his security detail ever realized they'd be running into burning buildings as a part of the job?
supermouse 13th-Apr-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
I think being his security detail just became a much higher-status job. :0)
lamardeuse 13th-Apr-2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
I just started following him the other day on Twitter because I've been so impressed with him every time I see him speak, and I've been loving his tweets about dealing with people's garbage issues and "OMG THE M&M FACTORY IS SO COOL." Now he's a goddamn bonafide hero, too. \o/ THIS POST MAKES ME HAPPY.
hiddenfantasy 13th-Apr-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
This made my day just a little bit nicer.
bestdaywelived 13th-Apr-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
CORY BOOKER FOR PRESIDENT.

fallingmallorn 14th-Apr-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
THIS +1,000,000
lickbrains 13th-Apr-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
THAT MEME XD Such a badass.




I believe if anyone could do it, he definitely can.
wldrose 13th-Apr-2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
thing that got me



thats where he lives (the brown one) he is living in the middle of his city not in some mansion on a hill.
jwaneeta 14th-Apr-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
Better and better. :D
tabaqui 13th-Apr-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
This guy rocks *so hard*.

*load the pages, LJ, damnit, loooooooad!!!*

Also - kudos to his security people for having his back!

Edited at 2012-04-13 07:25 pm (UTC)
baked_goldfish 13th-Apr-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
I heard the Devils owner publicly denied him tickets (that he was going to purchase if they were available, not take for free) to the Prudential Center Springsteen show...if I had any to that show, I'd FedEx them to his office.
mskye 13th-Apr-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.
nyychick23513 13th-Apr-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Freaking love that man.
deleriumd 13th-Apr-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Is anyone else sitting, reading this and wondering "would my mayor save me?"??
jwaneeta 14th-Apr-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
This story made my whole day. *beams*
wathsalive 14th-Apr-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Lol I saw just the headline on huffpost at first and instantly knew it was Corey Booker
evil_laugher 15th-Apr-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
lol me too. It's always him.
sammet 19th-Apr-2012 12:31 am (UTC)
With all the fuckery as of late, it's so nice to read an article like this. An article which has something good to report.

I know nothing about Corey Brooker, but he seems like a good man. ♥
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