The mayor of the largest city in New Jersey is being described by some as a hero for helping to rescue a woman from a fire in her home.

Mayor Cory Booker saw the house engulfed in flames when a woman said that her daughter was still in the house.

Booker said he feared for his life as the kitchen erupted in the flames and he couldn’t find the woman. The woman called out, he said, and Booker grabbed her from a bed and threw her over his shoulder.

“I punched through the kitchen and the flames and that’s when I saw Detective Rodriguez. He grabbed her as well and we got her down the stairs and we both just collapsed outside,” Booker said.

Booker was treated and released from the hospital for smoke inhalation and 2nd degree burns.  The woman remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Booker took to twitter to express gratitude:

Cory BookerCory Booker ? @CoryBooker

Thanks everyone, my injuries were relatively minor. Thanks to Det. Alex Rodriguez who helped get all of the people out of the house.

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