When I learned that Newark Mayor Cory Booker rescued a woman from a burning house Thursday, I wasn’t surprised.
I covered his beginnings as a council member when I worked at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey before coming to The Washington Post.
Almost exactly eight years ago, Booker tried to come to the aid of a 19-year-old boy who died in his arms - a heartwrenching story not only about Booker but about a cycle of violence and social ills in Newark.
The latest news of his heroism took me back to the day I interviewed him about his chance decision to take a walk with his father one evening near where had parked and lived in a camper to draw attention to crime there. They heard shots ring out in the city’s Central ward.
Booker ran to the scene, finding Wazn Miller, a teenager whose parents had died of AIDS. Wazn was being raised by an older brother who was trying to keep him off the city’s streets.