There are many ways to be a hero: right place, right time; stepping up when the moment presents itself, or responding to a plea for help when it is sent. Sometimes a hero does all of the above. Sometimes a hero repeatedly does all of the above. That would be Mayor Cory Booker.
In a scenario that continues to build on his brand as a man who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, Newark mayor, Cory Booker, once again answered the call and got the job done. This time it was rescuing a freezing dog left outside a home.
It’s not a big story, as someone mentioned; not on a par with his rescue of a neighbor from a burning building, reaching out to homeless at a Newark underpass, or gathering Hurricane Sandy stragglers in his home for some warm food, but this is a guy who’s both Twitter-savvy guy and response-oriented and this story is just another example of his proclivity for showing up. Whatever snarkiness might be occasionally expressed about that Zelig-like presence at just the right moments, the fact is, he gets there and he gets it done. And he ain’t the one out there hollering about it to the media; the media goes looking for him!
Case in point: this story happened last week, January 13th. A local Newark reporter for ABC, Toni Yates, was out doing some on-the-street coverage and noticed a stranded dog left out in the freezing temperatures of a very cold night. As time went on and the dog remained on the sidewalk, Yates again mentioned it in her report and, apparently, got busy on her Twitter account alerting various people of the dog’s plight. Cory Booker was one of them. Guess who showed up?
NewJersey.com reported that the Mayor took the post-rescue moment to make a few points about animal safety:
“This is brutal weather out here, this dog is shaking really bad,” Booker told Eyewitness News during the rescue. “And you just can’t leave your dogs out on a day like this and go away.”
A police cruiser responded to the scene within minutes of the mayor’s arrival, at which point Booker took the dog to the car to keep warm.
Booker then found the dog owner’s cell phone number, placed a call and the owner returned home, according to the report.
That must have been a very interesting arrival home for the errant dog owner!
In today’s world where some might say “no good deed goes unpunished,” there are some who snipe that Booker is a media-hound looking for any opportunity to raise his profile and win constituents, particularly now that he’s announced his plans to run for a New Jersey Senate seat. But whether it’s his week on food stamps or his bona fides as a rescuer of those in needs, his sincerity and pro-active agenda are undeniable. And, fact is, as a Slate reporter remarks, when Ms. Yates called in “the big guns,” it was the “big guns” who showed up.
Cory Booker to the rescue!