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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Rescues Neighbor From Burning House

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The mayor of New Jersey's largest city says he's a neighbor, not a superhero, a day after rescuing a woman from a burning house.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker says he didn't feel brave, but did feel terrified as he dashed through flames with the woman over his shoulder.

Booker returned home Thursday night to find his neighbor's home on fire. He was aided in the rescue by his security detail.

Booker described the rescue as a "come to Jesus moment."

Booker was treated and released from a hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his right hand.

The woman is in stable condition with second-degree burns.

Booker's security detail helped three others escape.

A fire official says the cause of the fire may be cooking-related.

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Comments [4]

Gary Rosenberger from NYC

A hero politician. Not an ex-hero who turns politician, but an actual hero politician. Who wudda thought?

Apr. 13 2012 03:41 PM
Mike East from New York

Anyone remember about a week after this guy took office, he ran down a purse snatcher? This guy is good.

Apr. 13 2012 10:29 AM
keith from nyc

such selfless heroics bring tears to my eyes, we all should have the opportunity to be so amazing

Apr. 13 2012 10:15 AM
John W from NJ

What a hero! I always knew this was a different type of politician when he spoke out for kids with lead poisoning with me ten years ago.

Apr. 13 2012 10:02 AM

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