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Ladder truck deployed to save stranded worker

SoVaNow.com / January 25, 2018


An employee of Elliott Electric Company found himself in a real pickle late Tuesday when he got stuck some 40 to 50 feet in the air with no way down.

But thanks to the work of the South Boston Fire Department and volunteer Lt. Austin Slabach, a rescue of the stranded worker was quick in arriving.

The electrical firm had been called out to replace a bulb in one of the parking lot light fixtures at Hupps Mill Plaza when its bucket truck malfunctioned, leaving the driver of the vehicle unable to lower the platform that held the worker who was changing the bulb.

The problem was traced to a broken line in the truck’s hydraulic fluid system.

According to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips, the department was called out to Hupps Mill at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, and firefighters brought the county’s ladder fire truck. Slabach climbed up the ladder and was able to help the Elliott employee back to the ground.

“That goes to show you one of the real needs for this large ladder truck,” Phillips said.

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