Newark’s mayor was among a group of good Samaritans who came to the aid of a pedestrian hit by a car Friday.
Mayor Cory Booker happened upon the scene of the accident Friday afternoon in Newark and quickly jumped into action, helping get water and ice for the victim, and comforting the unidentified man as they waited for an ambulance to arrive, the mayor said.
The extent of the man’s injuries were unknown, though the mayor tweeted after the incident: “God bless my residents. Pulled up on pedestrian/vehicle accident. We got man stabilized & into ambulance. He'll b OK. Thanx 2 all who helped.”
Booker, who was called a hero in April for rescuing a neighbor from a burning house, declined that praise this time around. Instead, he credited Michael Davidson, a 19-year veteran of the Essex County Prosecutor’s office, with the day’s real heroics.
Davidson was the first on the scene to offer assistance to the accident victim, calling 911, and using his car as a road block to protect the man who was still lying in the middle of the street, Booker said.
Booker also praised the driver involved in the accident for staying at the scene.
Asked by a reporter later in the day if he had an S under his suit, Booker responded: “This is not a moment like that. This is really about a lot of good people, Officer Davis especially , being there.”
Booker said the events of the day had affirmed his faith in his community.
“When bad things happen people jump up and get involved,” Booker said. “It’s really testimony to common decency and unabashed kindness, and I’m grateful.”
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