Rescue up on the rooftop

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By Stuart Johnstone

Special to the Kings County Register

 

An unusual rescue with dramatic results happened in Waterville Saturday at noon.

Waterville and District Fire Department rescues one of their own, firefighter Malcolm Spencer, from the roof of his house.

Spencer was on the roof, putting up Christmas lights, when he began experiencing chest pains and couldn’t get down. People on the ground couldn’t get up to help either. Calls went out to paramedics and the fire department.

First responder David McCarrol reached the scene first and climbed Spencer’s ladder and rendered first aid. He made him comfortable with blankets until further help arrived.

The fire department’s aerial ladder truck was called in and, once extended, firefighters ascended to the roof and Spencer was fastened into a stretcher. The aerial ladder reached close and Spencer was loaded onto it. Once secure, the ladder was swung around and lowered to the ground.

He was then transported to a waiting ambulance and brought to hospital. There was no heart attack, only discomfort, and he was released to go home.

This was the second such rescue the fire department has made using the aerial ladder. 

Organizations: District Fire Department

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