Gun Barrel City FD, PD responds to fallen worker
GUN BARREL CITY–The Gun Barrel City Fire Department helped extract a worker who fell through the roof of the Burger King restaurant at 151 West Main Street in Gun Barrel City early Saturday morning June 22.
At approximately 6:53 a.m., Gun Barrel City Fire Department responded to a call of a worker whose left leg had completely went through the roof and was wedged in tightly. Even before the rescue could begin though, firefighters had to use a roof ladder designed for this specific type of rescue and other tools to make sure that the area around the worker was stable enough.
Under the direction of GBC Fire Captain Colby McBride, the firefighters were able to cut through the roof with a roof saw around the area of the worker. Once the firefighters opened the roof up, they could see the workers’ leg wedged between two roof trusses of the building. Firefighters had to carefully cut one of the roof trusses to extract the worker’s leg and free him. The worker was then put into a rope harness and lowered safely to the ground.
The worker was checked over by UT Health EMS and was taken to UT Health East Texas Cedar Creek Lake for further evaluation.
GBCFD Assistant Chief Jason Raney responded with his full force to help the worker out of the roof safely.
“Given the serious nature of the call when it was received by our Dispatch Center, two fire engines and our ladder truck, along with firefighters from both stations, were sent to the scene,” Raney said. “I want to complement our personnel on the scene, along with the Police Department who responded, for getting the victim out in a safe and expeditious manner. This rescue was very challenging due to the instability of the roof.”