A man was caught on Camera climbing down a 19-story building that his mother, 65-year-old Sheila, who is bed-ridden, may have been trapped in. The Man’s name, Jermaine.
The harrowing video shows Jermaine climb from one of the higher floors of the 19-floor building on Holden Street. He descended about 15 stories, about 200 feet, in a little less than three minutes, according to NBC Philadelphia.
“They said, they was like the elevator ain’t working, and I’m like, no problem, I’ll take the steps. I just want to go make sure my mother, my mother, she’s sick. She’s bedridden. So I need to get up there.” Jermaine said.
So Jermaine started to scale the fenced-in balconies of the building, with wire cutters in hand.
“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.
He did absolutely anything he could just to get to his mother.
“All for my mom’s safety, period. I wasn’t worried about mine at all. She can’t get out of the bed or walk around so if there’s a fire she needs help out,” he said.
He made it all the way to his mom’s balcony. Once there, his mom saw him outside her 15th-floor apartment and assured him she was OK.
“The only part the news caught was me climbing down. I actually climbed up cause they saying she was trapped.” Jermaine said.
Jermaine came back down the building and was expecting to be arrested but, the officer let him go.
“So he actually did cut me a break because he understood the circumstances and he knew. . You know, when your adrenaline pumping, your mom up there, you thinking she dying, you do anything you can.”