Man climbs 15 stories of a burning building to check on his mom
While most of us would claim we'd stop at nothing to keep a beloved family member safe, actions speak louder than words - and very few people would even attempt to rescue said relative if it meant putting their own life at risk.
35-year-old Jermaine is one of these rare heroes.
He climbed 200 feet in order to check on his mom during a fire in her apartment building, WPVI reports.
According to the publication, Jermaine received a call from his sister on Thursday evening to inform him that a fire was raging in their mother's building.
Take a look at this ABC News report on the heartwarming story, including footage of the heroic 15-story climb:
As soon as he heard the startling news, Jermaine rushed over to the building in which his 65-year-old mom, Sheila, resided. When he arrived at the scene, however, police turned him away.
"They said the elevators are not working. I said, 'No problem. I'll take the steps," he recalled. "I just want to make sure my mother- my mother is sick, she's bed-ridden. So I need to get up there," Jermaine said. "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."
Jermaine decided that the best course of action was to climb 15 stories of the 19-story building to check on his bedridden mother. And, so, armed with a pair of wire cutters, he scaled the 15 balconies of the building.
Despite the fact that Jermaine had been walking on crutches after falling on a set of stairs earlier that day, which fractured his hip, the 35-year-old roofer and construction worker simply climbed story after story - until finally, he reached his mother's apartment.
"When I grabbed a gate, at the top of the gate, there was a ledge. Then I could step on top of the ledge and reach up to the other gate, and keep climbing my way up," Jermaine said.
"All for my mom’s safety, period. I wasn’t worried about [my safety] at all. She can’t get out of the bed or walk around so if there’s a fire she needs help out."
Once he had reached his mother's balcony, Sheila assured her brave son that the fire was contained and that she was fine.
"She was more shocked. She's not surprised by the things that I do for her. She knows I'll go over and beyond for her."
When he scaled back down, Jermaine was sure he'd be arrested by police but one of the officers decided to let him go - he'd only been checking on his vulnerable mother, after all.
"He told me if I didn't leave I was going straight to jail. Because that was his job. But, he actually did cut me a break. He understood the circumstances, he knew - when your adrenaline is pumping, and your mom is up there, you thinking she's dying - you'd do anything you can," he said.
Ultimately, Jermaine's mother managed to make it out of the building totally unharmed, as did most of the residents - four of which were treated for smoke inhalation, along with three firefighters.