NEWARK — Newark Mayor Cory Booker is amazing. Last night, Booker saved the life of his neighbor's daughter during a fire in New Jersey. Booker, returning home late from work last night, saw a fire blazing from the second floor of the apartment complex next door. When he didn't see any residents outside, he took matters into his own hands.
Booker, a former college football star, sprinted into the house with his security detail following. After getting what they thought was everyone out of the building, Booker heard screams coming from upstairs. Booker tried to follow the cries, but his security detail, which is responsible for protecting him, tried to stop him.
Detective Alex Rodriguez, the lead on his security detail, described the incident, "Now we actually get into a fight because his job is to protect me."But Booker wouldn't be stopped. He rushed back into the house and up to the second floor.
Booker also described what happened next, "I suddenly had the realization that I can’t find this woman. 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."
But Booker heard the girl screaming again in a back room. "I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed," Booker recounted.
The two made it back downstairs, and collapsed from burns and smoke inhalation.
Newark Fire Chief John Centanni described the mayor's rescue as "professional"and "life saving."
Following the incident, Booker tweeted:
In high school, Booker was a talented football star, being named a 1986 USA Today All-American. Attending Stanford University, he made the All–Pacific Ten Academic team as a varsity football player there. After Stanford, Booker was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. He then attended Yale Law School. Many believe Booker could be a future President of the United States.