Newark Mayor Cory Booker rescues another resident

  • ** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, AUG. 19 **FILE**Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker announces at a news conference in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, the arrest of an unidentified 15-year-old Newark male in connection with the killings of three college students who were lined up and fatally shot Saturday night. The execution-style shootings in Newark on Aug. 4, 2007, thrust Booker into a harsher spotlight, unlike one that usually presents him as the harbinger of a brighter future for the downtrodden city. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File) AP Photo/Mike Derer

    (CBS News) The Newark, N.J. mayor who once rushed into a burning building to save a woman is at it again.

    Happening upon an accident scene Thursday morning, Mayor Cory Booker leapt from his vehicle and sprinted to the aide of a man in his 50s who had been hit by a car and was bleeding heavily from the head. Booker and his detail were on their way back from a graduation ceremony where Booker had spoken.

    As the pedestrian - who was unconscious when Booker arrived - came to, he recognized the man holding his hand and asked, "Are you Mayor Booker?" according to the mayor's office.

    Booker has developed a reputation both in and outside his city as a man of action who often finds himself in the right place, at the right time. In April, he was treated for smoke inhalation and burns after rescuing a neighbor from her home that caught fire; prior to that, he was known for helping residents shovel snow from their driveways.

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