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Man Climbs 19-Story Building To Rescue His Mother From Fire

A Philadelphia man simply identified as Jermaine showed nothing short of love and devotion when he climbed a 19-story building to save his mother from a fire.


Last week, Jermaine received a call from his sister explaining that their mother’s high-rise apartment building was on fire. Immediately, the 35-year-old jumped into action. He raced over to the Westpark Apartments and started to scale the outside of the building in hopes to rescue his bed-ridden mother.

I climbed up with some barbed-wire cutters to cut the gate so at least the firefighters will be able to get upstairs,” Jermaine explained. “When I first got out there there was a 100 cops out there, 50 firefighters. They said the whole building was on fire and they wasn’t letting nobody in…I took it upon myself because that’s my mother. There’s no limits for my mother.

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TSR Staff: Thembi! @ThembiTV_ _____________________________________ Whew, the bravery!! When it’s crunch time it’s crunch time and you never know what one might do when they find their loved ones in a potential life threatening situation. _____________________________________ The Westpark Apartments on Holden Street in Philadelphia started filling up with smoke as there was a fire within the building. 35-year-old Jermaine got a call from his sister who told him that their mother, 65-year-old Sheila, who is bed-ridden, couldn’t get out of her 15th floor apartment. _____________________________________ Jermaine went right over there and reportedly tried to go through the front door at first but the police wouldn’t let him through. _____________________________________ "They said the elevators are not working. I said, 'No problem. I'll take the steps. I just want to make sure my mother- my mother is sick, she's bed-ridden. So I need to get up there," he tells @abcnews. "They were like, 'We can't let you in.' I took it upon myself because that's my mother. There's no limits. That's my mother." _____________________________________ Jermaine was actually using a pair of crutches as he’d cracked his hip when he fell on a set of stairs earlier that day. Although he was injured, he says his adrenaline took over. _____________________________________ "All for my mom's safety, period. I wasn't worried about mine at all. She can't get out of the bed or walk around so if there's a fire she needs help out," he said. _____________________________________ Once Jermaine made it up to his mum’s balcony on the 15th floor, she–Click the link in our bio to read more 🎥: @abcnews

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Thankfully by the time he reached his mother, the fire had not reached her 15th-floor apartment. Jermaine’s mother and her boyfriend were told to wait on the porch while the fire and smoke were being contained. After realizing his mother was fine, Jermaine started to make his way down and that’s when news cameras began capturing his feat. Jermaine’s story has now become a big sensation, but he doesn’t feel that what he did was extraordinary.

I think if anyone else was in that circumstances they would do the same thing, because don’t nobody want to just sit outside and lose their mother,” Jermaine said.

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