Newark mayor rescues woman from burning building


Cory Booker came home Thursday night to find the house next door on fire, and promptly dashed inside to rescue a woman trapped by the flames.

This did not go over well with his security detail.  Booker, you see, is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

His guards tried to stop him, but according to a report in USA Today, Booker could hear the trapped woman yelling for help, so with a cry of “She is going to die, she is going to die!” he ordered them out of his way.  The Atlantic Wire says one member of his detail, police detective Alex Rodriguez, had already been inside the burning house to rescue a couple of people, having been on the scene to guard the Mayor’s house.

Booker plunged into the house with his guards in tow, and got the trapped woman out.  He ended up in the hospital, with second-degree burns and smoke inhalation… but before they were able to talk him into the ambulance, Booker took a moment to send out a Tweet from the scene: “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.”

Later he followed up with another Tweet, saying “Thanks everyone, my injuries were relatively minor.  Thanks to Det. Alex Rodriguez who helped get all of the people out of the house.”  Gawker says the woman he rescued “sustained back and neck burns, but is in stable condition at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.”  Booker is scheduled to hold a press briefing with more details on Friday morning.

Booker, a Democrat, is serving his second term as Mayor of Newark.  He’s only 42 years old, and made Black Enterprise magazine’s “Most Powerful Players Under 40” list in 2005.  He’s got a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully someone gets him a fire helmet.

Update: Booker and Detective Rodriguez appeared on CBS News this morning to talk about what Booker described as their “come to Jesus moment.”