Thirty-five-year-old Jermaine says has experience scaling walls. He was a roofer, construction worker, and an all-around adventurous child.
As WPVI-TV reports “That practice came in handy Thursday night when the 19-story Westpark Apartments high-rise at 4445 Holden Street started filling with smoke.Jermaine got a call from his sister that their mother, 65-year-old Sheila, who is bed-ridden, couldn't get out of her 15th floor apartment.He rushed over to the scene. Jermaine first attempted the front door, but it was blocked by police.
He said that police told him “the elevators are not working. I said, 'No problem. I'll take the steps. I just want to make sure my mother- my mother is sick, she's bed-ridden. So I need to get up there.They were like 'we can't let you in.' I took it upon myself because that's my mother. There's no limits. That's my mother."
So climbed the building, up the 15-stories.He made it all the way to his mom's balcony. Once there, his mother assured him that she was doing okay.He told her that the fire was contained.
Then just as quickly as he got up, he scaled back down the building. When he got close to ground level, he was sure he'd be arrested. But an understanding officer let Jermaine go.
He says “when your adrenaline is pumping, and your mom is up there, you thinking she's dying - you'd do anything you can.”