Video: Milwaukee Firefighters Make Rope Rescue on The 8th Floor Preventing a Person From Jumping

Below and here is a link to WISN Channel 12 who captured video of a dramatic rope rescue in Milwaukee, WI.  More on the story is below.

“A Milwaukee firefighter with the Heavy Urban Rescue Team saved a person Friday moments before they jumped from an eighth-story window.

Ben Baus was lowered down from the 10th floor by a rope-pulley system and performed what’s called a “pick off,” grabbing the person as they were about to fall, then pulling them inside to safety. Multiple people grabbed for the person’s limbs and as a team, dragged the person back inside through a window.

The Milwaukee Urban Rescue Team trains for this situation daily but rarely performs it.

“These are the most humble guys on the job, hands down, so I’ll say it for them — that was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in my career,” Battalion Chief Erich Roden said. “I would say [the person] was probably within a few minutes of falling off the ledge in [their] condition.”

“Once I made contact with [them] I felt like [they] were coming out,” Baus said. “I felt it was very unstable at that point, and I felt like [they were] going to fall. At that point, I was able to wrap my legs around [them] and get [them] into a bear hug.”

“I feel good. It’s one of the good feelings on this job. We all come to work; there’s a ton of guys ready to do the same thing I did today. I was just fortunate I was in the right seat,” Baus said.”…Continue Reading Here

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