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


A 35-year-old man, on Thursday, climbed the side of a 19-story building in an attempt to save his bedridden mother from a fire in West Philadelphia.

Jermaine said he tried getting in through the front door to his mom’s 15th-floor apartment, but it was blocked by police.


“They said, ‘We won’t let you in,’ ” he noted. “I took it upon myself so there’s no limits; that’s my mother.” Even with an injured hip, Jermaine managed to make it up to his mom unscathed.


“All for my mom’s safety, period,” he told WPVI-TV. “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.”


Jermaine said his mother told him she was doing just fine upon his arrival, so he climbed back down and firefighters put out the flames without incident.

He revealed that his mother later saw the footage and was “shocked” but “not surprised.” “She knows I’ll go above and ­beyond,” he added.

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