HIGH ANGLE RESCUE: Six children at Wayne Trampoline Park hoisted the shaft after the lift stopped
HERO: Six youngsters who got stuck between floors when an elevator jammed at a trampoline park in Wayne had to be hoisted up one by one by firefighters.
The elevator car ‘was stuck near the ground floor and the doors wouldn’t open’ for the youngsters, aged 10-14, who went to the Rockin’ Jump around 5pm on Friday the 15th April, police detective Capt. Dan Daly mentioned.
“A technician was called and attempted to operate the elevator from a control panel with no success,” Daly said.
The children had been stranded for nearly an hour when the Wayne Fire Department Special Response Team took over, led by No. 2 Fire Company Chief Paul Gleba and Chief of the Company No. 1 Greg Laskowski.
The elevator was about 25 feet below the top floor rescuers who carried out the perilous high-angle rescue.
Michael Leonard and Anthony Gabriel “walked down the elevator shaft to the elevator car hatch,” Daly said. “They systematically rescued each juvenile one by one by tying them to a line in a harness and hoisting them up.”
In all, it was almost 2.5 hours from when the voter got stuck to when the last child was rescued.
Members of the Wayne First Aid Squad examined each teenager and determined that none needed medical attention, Daly said. They were all later picked up by relieved parents and guardians, he said.
The captain described the rescue as “an efficient and professional operation which resulted in the safe rescue of several children”.
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