Booker's Role Limited In Pedestrian Rescue
Mayor, lauded for yet another feat, actually played small part
Newark Mayor Cory Booker took to Twitter on Friday, detailing how he came to the aid of a man lying bloodied in the street after the man was struck by a car.
But his role in the incident was more limited than the media-savvy mayor may have led his million-plus Twitter followers to believe.
Booker, who was with his security detail, posted several tweets about his encounter with the wounder walker. The incident comes on the heels of the mayor rescuing a woman from a burning building in April.
"God bless my residents. Pulled up on pedestrian/vehicle accident. We got man stabilized & into ambulance. He’ll b OK. Thanks 2 all who helped," the mayor tweeted.
Later Friday, however, NJ.com reported that it was Michael Davidson, a 19-year veteran of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, who was actually the first to render aid to the injured man.
Booker and his security detail came upon the scene while an ambulance was already on the way, the prosecutor's office told NJ.com.
Booker happened on the accident scene at Clinton Avenue and Parkhurst Street shortly after 12:30, when he saw the man who'd been struck by the car and was bleeding from his head, CBS reported.
Booker never claimed sole credit for his assistance but did not mention Davidson by name in the tweets.
"Driver did the right thing & stayed & helped me & others aid man until medical help arrived," Booker tweeted. "There is nothing more uplifting to the soul than human kindness and determined decency."
Following his daring rescue in April, Booker garnered national media attention, appearing on television just hours after being released from the hospital. Friday's incident was likewise picked up by media outlets from coast to coast.
Booker repeatedly said he was "not a hero" after the April fire, in which he pulled a woman from a burning home next to his.
“People say bravery. I felt fear,” Booker at the time.
Booker and members of his detail rushed into the home and helped residents get out, including one man who was attempting to battle the fire with buckets of water. But Booker re-entered the home -- despite cops tried to hold him back -- when he heard cries coming from the second floor.
Booker was treated for smoke inhalation.
Booker also once chased a robbery suspect on foot.
Staff writer Paul Milo contributed to this report.