A man has recently made headlines after he scaled down a high-rise apartment building that caught on fire in West Philadelphia... all to save his mom.
A spokesperson for Philadelphia Police Department previously told PEOPLE, they received "multiple calls" about a blaze that broke out at the Holden Tower around 9:28 p.m. on July 18th, including reports of residents "trapped in apartments on multiple floors."
HIGH-RISE FIRE: A man is seen scaling down a 19-story apartment building after a fire in West Philadelphia.https://t.co/Rmujuv7vsb pic.twitter.com/2NsXXYgJVL
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Jermaine, the man in question, told WPVI that his sister called him from the building and told him that their mother was trapped in her apartment due to being bedridden.
"I actually climbed up because they were saying she was trapped in the apartment," Jermaine said, mentioning how fire officials and police wouldn't let him enter the burning building for his own safety.
"I took it upon myself because that's my mother. There are no limits to my mother... The first cop said the whole building was on fire. My sister was out there, my mother not out there. I [didn't] know what else to do but go up and get her."
To Jermaine's relief, he found his sixty-five-year-old mother, Sheila, and her boyfriend on the balcony outside, which was far away from any danger. Jermaine recalled that his mother told him the police informed her to stay put.
After finding his mother safe, he climbed back down the fifteen-story building. Footage from a rescue helicopter showed him in a green shirt and jeans as he casually made his way to the ground.
"He climbed about 200 feet down on what looked like basically chain-link fencing and then the railings of each apartment building," said NBC 10 pilot Jeremy Haas.
According to WPVI, Jermaine's mother made it out safely. Just 4 residents were treated for smoke-related symptoms, but none were seriously harmed, according to the Associated Press.
"[All] for my mom's safety. Period. I wasn't worried about mine at all. I just wanted to make sure she was cool," Jermaine told the station. "She can't get up out of the bed or walk around...so if it's a fire she's stuck... I'm not just gonna sit there and let my mom die and y'all telling me I can't get in the building."
Jermaine said that his experience as a construction worker, and the fact he used to live in the building, all gave him the skills he needed to make the climb, he said. Once safely on the ground, police let him leave without any ramifications. Both Jermain and his mother were completely unharmed, although Sheila was a little shocked by her son's heroics...
"She was more shocked," he said. "She's not surprised by the things that I do for her. She knows I'll go over and beyond for her."
Jermaine is a true hero and his mom has clearly done an amazing job raising him!