By now, you’ve probably heard of superstar Newark mayor Cory Booker. He spoke at Cooper Union last year, where we saw him “bend the entire purpose of the panel toward him, the way huge gravitational masses bend light.” We also called him a “dynamo.” (It was freshman year, y’all. Sorry.)
But Booker, beside being ridiculously charismatic, erudite, and apparently really effective—crime in Newark dropped 36% in his first two years as mayor—is also a hero. On Thursday night, he pulled a woman from a burning building. This happened.
Booker arrived home, saw the building across the street on fire, pushed his security detail aside, and went to rescue his neighbors. He went up to the second floor. So says the Star Ledger:
“I suddenly had the realization that I can’t find this woman.” Booker said. “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.”
Then he heard her cries in a back bedroom.
“I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed,” Booker said. The two made their way downstairs, where they both collapsed, Booker said.
The mayor was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but will be totally fine, as will the woman he saved.
It’s no secret we have a crush on Cory Booker—his personality and sense of civic duty is matched only by his pragmatic policy-based approach. Also his Twitter is great. (Plus, he’s single—laaadies?) We’re not saying he needs to pursue higher office—if he ran for President, though, we might just have to buy a bumper sticker.