Mayor Cory Booker saves neighbor from burning building

Newark mayor already back in the office

WRITTEN BY: Kara Menini
Cory Booker
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Cory Booker

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, rescued his neighbor out of a burning building on Thursday night. Cory Booker was recently released from the hospital where he was treated for “minor injuries” of smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his thumb and forefinger.

Cory Booker became a hero last night when he returned home to find his neighbors house on fire. His neighbor, who was safely outside, was screaming that her daughter was still in the house. Instinctively, Cory Booker and two of his security detail ran inside in hopes of rescuing the young woman. The mayor reached the top of the staircase where he had an altercation with a Newark Police Detective who tried to convince him to leave the building, for his own safety. Cory Booker told the detective that the woman was going to die without their help, but says he wasn’t acting out of bravery, but out of terror. Cory Booker was reminded by the intense heat and the amount of smoke that he was putting his life in danger, “It’s a very, very scary situation. Once I was in, that was a moment that I had a conversation with God that I’ve never had before.” He found his neighbor by her yelling and everyone exiting the building still intact.

Cory Booker is being called a hero but he says, “I’m a neighbor and did what most neighbors would do, which is jump into action to help a friend.”

After the incident, the notoriously savvy social media-using mayor took to his Twitter, “That 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.” Mayor Cory Booker was even back in the office this morning.

The hashtags #CoryBookerStories and #CoryBookerFacts have been trending on Twitter, and Cory Booker is starting to become a Chuck Norris figure in the Twitter sphere. @MilesGrant tweeted, “When Chuck Norris has nightmares, Cory Booker turns on the light and sits with him until he falls back asleep.” An unknown tweet said, “Seal Team 6 received training from Cory Booker before getting bin Laden.”

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