Man with Injured Hip Scales 19 Floors to Save Mom from Burning Building

He said he wasn't worried about his own safety at all — 'she can't get out of bed or walk around'

A West Philadelphia resident was caught on camera Thursday scaling up — and then back down — the side of a 19-story building in an attempt to save his bedridden mother from a fire.

The man said his mother told him she was doing just fine upon his arrival.

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So he climbed back down.

Firefighters were able to put out the flames without incident.

Jermaine’s goal was to save his mother, Sheila, 65, after her apartment building in West Philadelphia caught fire about 9:30 p.m., according to reports. His sister notified him about the situation, and he sprung into action, racing to save his mom from her 15th-floor apartment.

He first tried to enter through the front door of the building, but was stopped by police.

“They said, ‘We can’t let you in,’ ” he told WPVI. “I took it upon myself because that’s my mother. There’s no limits. That’s my mother.”

Even with a bad hip, he explained to the news reporter he would stop at nothing to help his mother.

“All for my mom’s safety, period,” Jermaine said.

“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 [getting] out.” (source: The Grio)

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