TALLMADGE — A city resident needed the fire department’s help after a boom lift he was using on his property malfunctioned and left him stuck at least 40 feet in the air Tuesday night, according to the department’s Facebook page.
The man was cold, but uninjured, said the post.
Fire Chief Michael Passarelli said Wednesday that the fire department responded to the man’s home in Park Lane’s 100 block after his wife called dispatch at a little after 8 p.m. The man had been stuck 40 to 50 feet in the air for between an hour and 90 minutes at the time the call came in and it took about 30 minutes to get him down with the department’s aerial ladder truck, said Passarelli.
"They backed the ladder in, set it up, and trollied up there and walked him down," said Passarelli, adding that the man was checked by EMS to make sure he did not suffer any ill effects due to the cold and released at the scene.
Passarelli said the man is an "experienced boom operator" who was using the rented equipment to take down a tree.
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