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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."


fightingwords 13th-Apr-2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Look him up. He's a great mayor, for real.
shukivengeance 13th-Apr-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
You bet I will, this has already restored some of my faith in humanity. =) He is the kind of man who needs to be president.
shukivengeance 13th-Apr-2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Wow it's hard to believe that one person can be this wonderful. I want to say thanks to you and the OP because this man is an inspiration.
lickbrains 13th-Apr-2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
I think I love him. I'm seeing stars in my eyes +_+ I don't care much for hero-types but damn, he's not just a hero. UNF
pepsquad 13th-Apr-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
i hate a man crush on this dude i <3 him.
kaowolfie 13th-Apr-2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
He really is! I saw him on Restaurant Impossible, and you can tell that motherfucker cares deeply for everyone in his constituency. He's really a fantastic person, it seems like.
hiddenfantasy 13th-Apr-2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I kept looking at his picture wondering what freaking TV show I had seen him on.
bettalaylow 13th-Apr-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
It's funny that very few Newark residents share that opinion but because the guy twitters and hobnobs with Oprah (people who probably only been to the airport) claim he's a great mayor.
kaowolfie 13th-Apr-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Every single time there's a post about a mayor or another local official doing something good, or being known outside of their immediate location, someone marches in and announces that "everyone" or "almost everyone" in that location thinks that official is doing a shitty job. It's a little hard to take that complaint seriously when it happens *all the time*.
bettalaylow 13th-Apr-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oh so you're familiar with Newark the actual city like the unemployment, crime stats, etc? If a person is going to proclaim someone as a successful mayor surely they would are armed with some knowledge that validates that claim.
kaowolfie 13th-Apr-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm saying that if you want to prove that he's a bad mayor, you need to bring more evidence than "all the locals know" because otherwise, how the hell do we know that's true? If the claim that "everybody knows" that an official is actually awful is brought up with regularity, and frequently has no real backing other than one person's friends and family hating that official, it becomes really hard to lend any credence to similar claims in the future about other people.

Then there's the fact that any politician right now has shitty ratings, since Bush fucked up the economy and left it for other people to fix. Nobody looks awesome when money's tight, since people's expectations of progress assume resources can appear from thin air.
bettalaylow 13th-Apr-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Just read any comments section in the star ledger (the local paper) has there been an actual opinion no probably not of local residents so I guess you got me there. Newark has been a mess since the riots in the late 60s plagued with corruption the last mayor was in prison. So of course I'm not blaming all the problems in Newark on the Booker administration but what I absolutely resent is how is bs media hype that he's created. He has time to fly all over the country giving speeches (for $20,000 a pop) while the unemployment rate is at 15% if we counted the individuals who have just given up that number would be astronomical. Than there is the crime statistics which went up 21% in a year after he laid off 167 police officers oh but not to worry because the mayor did manage to retain the 9 police officers that serve as his security detail at all times. He doesn't even feel safe in his city what does that tell you. The drop-out rate is 55% which is career death for most of these kids in Newark.

Unlike his twitter followers, Gayle King show watchers, I've been to every inch of this city, and through my previous work I dealt with social workers, child welfare workers, parole officers, teachers, and mostly I worked with residents. Most see Booker as ambitious politician with his eyes towards his next job. The rest of NJ just views Newark as a dumping ground cesspool. The only people who are seeing steady positive change are the corporations that are giving millions in tax breaks, or the billionaire hedge fund manager who decides who wants to privatize public education by building Charter Schools. But for the unemployed, underemployed, homeless, it's just business as usual in Newark.
fightingwords 13th-Apr-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
I've been to more than the airport. What's the negative impression locally and what is that based on?
shukivengeance 13th-Apr-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
[citation needed]
bettalaylow 13th-Apr-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
You want an opinion poll?
illusivevenstar 13th-Apr-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Cite your sources. I'm not sure what's difficult to understand here.
bettalaylow 13th-Apr-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
There hasn't been an opinion conducted this is based on my experiences through working with non-profit, gov't agencies, and the public. But hey if you have something to contradict what I'm saying be my guest but I doubt no anything about Newark outside of what you seen or read about Corey Booker.
alryssa 14th-Apr-2012 06:49 am (UTC)
Don't bother, the last time this commented was asked to clarify their position they started stamping their feet and calling everyone names.
bethan_b_bad 13th-Apr-2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
What on earth is so surprising about the fact that people have asked you to cite your sources?
farchivist 14th-Apr-2012 12:28 am (UTC)
No, we don't want opinion polls. Opinions are crap. If he's bad, we want to see facts and figures. What policies has he instituted and promoted that are harmful for Newark? Has he raised taxes? Is he corrupt?
fightingwords 13th-Apr-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
See, at first I thought this person was just a crank, but the complete refusal to offer anything substantive to support this view points towards troll.
kaowolfie 13th-Apr-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
mmhmm. I figured they were from the start, because hey! Usually when people say "omg the locals know X is bad", they're trolling in here.
fishphile 13th-Apr-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Naw, they come in every Cory Booker post with this. I've seen them before. I think they just don't like the guy, which is cool and all (and there may be a foundation for it, who knows?), but yeah.
alryssa 14th-Apr-2012 06:56 am (UTC)
lol the last time I engaged with them they kept demanding I justify my presence in the post.
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