Video: Morristown firemen make rooftop rescue

Firefighters don’t just rescue cats from trees. Sometimes they pluck construction workers off roofs.

On Thursday afternoon, a roofer injured his leg in a gruesome nail-gun accident atop a Speedwell Avenue house.

Morristown Fire Department EMTs stabilized the man, and then firefighters carefully lowered him from the fourth story rooftop in something called a Stokes basket.

“The guys did a great job,” said Fire Chief Robert Flanagan.

Morristown Police Officer Scott Weaver was on bicycle patrol and arrived at the scene to find Daniel Polak, a 31-year-old Pennsylvania resident who works for a Bernardsville construction company, in “extreme pain.”

According to the officer’s report, the victim had been using a pneumatic nail gun to nail together two pieces of wood when he slipped on the roof:

“As he slipped the nail gun struck his knee and a nail went into his knee. This officer observed the nail which was three inches long, entirely into the knee just above the knee cap. His knee was locked in a 90 degree position and he was unable to straighten it.”

The nail was removed at Morristown Medical Center and Daniel Polak was scheduled to go home today, according to his supervisor, Robert Riley.

Our thanks to Susan Gnandt Echandia for this video clip.

Morristown firefighters lower injured roofer to safety. Image: Susan Gnandt Echandia

Morristown firefighters lower injured roofer to safety. Image: Susan Gnandt Echandia

 



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