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Philadelphia man climbs 19-story building to save sick mother from fire



It’s amazing how people step up when something needs to be done and no one else will or can take it on.

Jermaine, a 35-year-old man from Philadelphia, is being hailed a hero after he risked his life to save his mother from fire.

What Jermaine did for his mother was not only a selfless act of love but could have easily got him killed.

When the 35-year-old was informed by his sister that their 65-year-old mother’s high-rise apartment building had caught fire he rushed to the scene.

When he got to the scene, the police were not allowing anyone through the entrance.

Jermaine knew his mother would not be able to get to safety on her own because she was bedridden and she needed help.

Using his skills in roofing and construction Jermaine carefully climbed the 19-story building that was on fire to rescue his sick mother on the 15th floor; he did it with a fractured hip.

“I climbed up with some barbed-wire cutters to cut the gate so at least the firefighters will be able to get upstairs,” Jermaine said.

Jermaine had earlier on cracked his hip after falling on the stairs, but he was not going to let that stop him from rescuing his mother.

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“I took it upon myself because that’s my mother,” Jermaine tells WPVI Channel 6. “There’s no limit. That’s my mother.”

He realized that the fire had not reached the 15th floor and that his mom was safe, he scaled back down the building.

His act of bravery was caught on camera and shared on social media which has since gone viral. His heroic act has won the hearts of many with some headlines comparing him to Spiderman.

“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,” a modest Jermaine said.

All the residents together with Jermaine’s mother made it out of the building safely. Three firefighters and four civilians were treated for smoke inhalation.

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I’m not sure everyone could scale a building like this Jermaine! That was quite an impressive climb.

Jermaine has incredible skills! How he scaled the building was impressive.

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