Cory Booker is the Mayor of Newark New Jersey by day, but at night he puts on his super hero suit and rescues little old ladies from raging house fires.
The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city said Friday he thought he might die when he dashed through a burning, smoky kitchen to find and rescue a neighbor from her second-floor bedroom.
“I felt fear. I really didn’t think we were going to get out of there,” Mayor Cory Booker, his burned right hand still bandaged, told a news conference in front of the boarded-up home.
The 42-year-old mayor said he rushed into the burning home shortly after returning from taping a television appearance on Thursday, pushing aside his security detail that tried to hold him back and rushed into the apartment where 47-year-old Zina Hodge was trapped.
“Every time I breathed in, a felt a blackness, a heat coming into my lungs,” Booker said, adding he made his way down the smoky hallway to a bedroom, following Hodge’s faint calls of; “I’m here, I’m here. Help! I’m here.”
Maybe I’m going over fair usage guidelines on this so let me credit the AP writer, Samantha Henry and toss in a hat tip to Huffpo for posting this… just before I copy and paste another block from this fantastic story!
“I didn’t feel bravery, I felt terror,” he said. “It was a moment I felt very religious, let me put it that way.”
Hodge’s mother was thrilled by the mayor’s actions.
“I think he’s a super mayor – and should become president,” Jacqualine Williams said.
It’s official. The mother of the woman Mayor Cory Booker rescued from a burning house has called him super mayor. I look forward to the unveiling of his super hero suit with a big red M emblazoned on the chest…
Well done Mr. Mayor!
Update: Here is a link to a list of other exploits by Mayor Booker from The Atlantic. Unfreakingbelievable! He’s helped keep people from jumping off buildings (as a councilor on a suicide hotline), chased down criminals while yelling “not in our city anymore. Those days are over!” and the list goes on and on.