Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., has made headlines outside of the political arena after he rescued one of his next-door neighbors from her burning home on Thursday. Both suffered second-degree burns and smoke inhalation during the rescue.
"There was a time when I didn't think we'd make it out of there," Booker told media at a news conference Friday morning, describing the rescue as his "proverbial 'come to Jesus' moment."
Booker was returning home after going on New Jersey News 12's live call show, according to Booker's Twitter account. The Mayor wrote again on Twitter shortly after midnight, saying, "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 be ok."
Booker also thanked Detective Alex Rodriguez, who said he saw the Mayor run into the burning home to save the woman. Booker confessed to thinking, "this is it," as he searched for the woman in the inferno of flames throughout the home.
"Thanks everyone, my injuries were relatively minor. Thanks to Det. Alex Rodriguez who helped get all of the people out of the house," Booker said in his latest Tweet.
Since taking office in 2006, the Mayor has remained popular as a strong advocate for urban issues. His efforts to make an impact on a city with a history of high crime, poverty, and a restrictive budget have been notable.
It's not out of character to see Booker shoveling city streets as he did during the 2010 blizzard and used his Twitter feed to coordinate snow plows along with the delivery of needed supplies.
Booker has also earned the trust of many, touting a reputation different from his predecessors, including some who have been convicted of corruption-related charges.
by RTT Staff Writer
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