A man in Philadelphia, US, has made headlines for his heroic act to save his mother from a burning building.
Rabat – The 35-year-old man, who has only been identified as Jermaine, received a call from his sister on the night of Thursday, July 18, telling him that his mother’s apartment building was on fire and she could not get out.
Knowing he had to do something, Jermaine immediately rushed to the scene and tried to enter through the door but was stopped by police who cannot let a civilian into a burning building.
“They said the elevators are not working,” he told CNN. He told officers he could just take the stairs. “They were like, ‘we can’t let you in.’ Not taking no for an answer, he decided to find another way.
“I took it upon myself because that’s my mother. There’s no limits. That’s my mother,” he explained. “She can’t get out of the bed or walk around, so if there’s a fire, she needs help out.”
Despite having injured his hip earlier that day, the heroic man began scaling the 19-story building to reach his mother.
“When I grabbed a gate, at the top of the gate, there was a ledge. Then I could step on top of the ledge and reach up to the other gate and keep climbing my way up,” he said.
Upon reaching his mother, he ensured she was not in harm’s way and that the fire was contained before scaling back down the building with the peace of mind that his mother was safe.
He said his mother was not shocked by his heroic actions, explaining: “She’s not surprised by the things that I do for her. She knows I’ll go over and beyond for her.”
Despite his direct disobedience of police orders, authorities seemingly let it slide.
“He actually did cut me a break,” Jermaine explained, speaking of the police officer present. “He understood the circumstances. He knew — when your adrenaline is pumping and your mom is up there, you think she’s dying — you’d do anything you can.”
Fortunately, there were no casualties in the fire, which was started by a trash compactor, but 4 people were treated for smoke inhalation.