Ill. firefighters, paramedics team up to rescue injured worker on roof

The rescue required the efforts of all 11 on-duty personnel using technical rescue skills and equipment to safely bring the man down


Chuck Fieldman
Pioneer Press Newspapers, Suburban Chicago, Ill.

It took a team effort of 11 Oak Brook firefighters/paramedics about an hour Wednesday to get a 20-year-old roofer who had injured himself safely down and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

Fire Chief Barry Liss said said the Fire Department responded to a call for the injured worker about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a two-story home on the 200 block of Bridle Path Circle. The worker had lost his footing, slipped on the roof and slid a distance, striking the brick chimney. The impact possibly caused a possible dislocated shoulder, Liss said.

“Unable to move, combined with the precarious positioning of the patient, the incident became an extremely challenging rescue requiring significant effort and complex tactical operations by all responding personnel,” Liss said.

He said at its peak, the rescue required the efforts of all 11 on-duty personnel using technical rescue skills and equipment to safely bring the man down.

“Firefighter/paramedics were able to provide advanced life support to the patient on the roof even before being safely brought down,” Liss said.

Once on the ground, personnel continued to provide care, before taking the man to Good Samaritan in fair condition, Liss said.

The man was expected to make a full recovery, Liss said.

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