We here at LibertarianRepublican.net are proud to nominate Newark Mayor Cory Booker for the 2012 America's Lifeguard Award, honoring those who, while in public office, personally intervene to save the life of another. The award itself commemorates the rescue of a girl struggling in a pool by then Governor Ronald Reagan of California, who dove into the pool, fully clothed, to save her. As a working lifeguard when a young man, Reagan had previously rescued 77 people.
Mayor Booker, a tireless urban crusader, broke away from his detail, to rush into a burning building where a woman was trapped and frightened. A former All Conference football player when he was in college, Mayor Booker did not feel strong or invincible. He felt just the opposite. "I did not feel bravery, I felt terror. It was a very scary moment. I couldn’t breathe. It was a moment I felt very religious."
The woman cried out from her bedroom, enabling Mayor Booker to find her. As to how they were to get out, for a fleeting moment he thought they would have to jump out a window. She was disoriented and not very helpful. But, through the flame and the smoke, he was able to carry her over his shoulder and out of the home. They were both sent to the hospital. He was treated for smoke inhalation and second degree burns.
Recent winners of America's Lifeguard Award include:
2011 - Mayor Adam Barringer of New Smyrna Beach, Florida - rescued a 66 year old woman whose car had fallen into the Indian River.Editor's note - Not a regular feature of LR, but we're thinking about it?
2011 - U.S. Congressman Phil Roe of Tennessee - used CPR to revive a man who had collapsed at an airport in North Carolina, whom the paramedics said, had flat-lined.
2009 - U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois - came to the rescue of a woman being attacked by a knife-wielding man, wrestling him to the ground and disarming him. The woman was rushed to the hospital where it took 100 stitches to close the wounds she had received and save her life.
2008 - Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas - performed the Heimlich maneuver on another politician, with whom he was making a joint appearance.
2008 - Councilwoman Jolanda Jones of Houston (photo) - along with two men, pulled a woman from a fiery car wreck, and then cradled her in her arms until an ambulance arrived.
2004 - Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee - beaten mercilessly by a man with a baton when he came to the rescue of a 55 year old woman in a domestic dispute.
2004 - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California - rescued a man from drowning while swimming in the ocean, while he and his family were on vacation in Hawaii.
2003 - Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts - he and two of his sons rescued six people and a dog from drowning, when their boat overturned on the lake at which the Romneys have a vacation home in New Hampshire.