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 b ok
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) April 13, 2012
Cory Booker is a full-service mayor. Need something done? Tweet at him, he’ll try to whip something up to help you. He even goes out and shovels snow himself in big winter storms, freeing trucks and clearing driveways, masquerading as some sort of half-assed Winter Batman.
The Newark mayor on Thursday night took full service to a whole new level. After arriving home from a television interview with News 12 New Jersey, Booker and his security detail noticed flames coming from the second floor of the building next to his home. When he saw no residents outside, he rushed in, along with his security detail, led by Det. Alex Rodriguez (finally, a clutch A-Rod).
The full story is heroic, and fairly incredible. Here’s an excerpt from NJ.com:
“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.
Rodriguez, who had helped others out of the house said when he saw the mayor go in, he thought his career in protection was over.
“Once he went in, I said, ‘Oh my goodness, this is it.’ ” Rodriguez, 39, said.
Seriously, how can you not love the line “Suddenly I was at peace with the fact that I was going to jump out the window?” This is a sitting mayor. No matter what your political persuasion is, that’s heroism. That’s legit. You can ham it up all day and night on Twitter for that.
Booker, three men on his security detail and the woman he saved were treated at a local hospital.
The big question on our mind this morning is: Did he get bronchitis?
Seeing all the good press Booker’s been receiving from the lib’rul media, we’re hearing that NJ Gov. Chris Christie began patrolling the state for fires as well. When he finally came across a manageable conflagration at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Trenton, Christie ran in and saved a bucket of Munchkins.
And now Cory Booker has become a meme: Check out #CoryBookerStories.
Cory Booker halted the NeverEnding Story. #CoryBookerStories
— hypervocal (@hypervocal) April 13, 2012
Cory Booker goes into Freddy Kreuger’s dreams and fixes Elm Street’s potholes. #CoryBookerStories
— Jesse Taylor (@jesseltaylor) April 13, 2012
After the incident, Smoke was treated for Cory Booker exposure. #CoryBookerStories
— Zandar (@ZandarVTS) April 13, 2012
Before he ran for Governor, Chris Christie weighed 126 lbs. Then Cory Booker made him dinner… #CoryBookerStories
— Willard Mitt Romney (@MlTTR0MNEY) April 13, 2012
One time I needed a kidney.Cory Booker instantly ripped out his own, handed it to me & flew away.#CoryBookerStories
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 13, 2012
And then this is what it looks like when memes collide:
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