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"He looked cold and he looked scared," he said. "With the cold I don't think he would have hung on much longer."
Within a couple minutes, the rope team maneuvered Weglarz beneath the bridge and he latched onto the construction worker's harness so the man could jump into his arms.
beam after a train struck the construction boom he and a co worker were standing on. The other man had life threatening injuries.
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Post said Weglarz and his team have spent hours training for high angle rescues, but those skills had never been tested in this type of scenario.
Firefighters who were already soaking wet in full gear were called off the house fire to arrive at the bridge near Interstate Highway 35 and Grand Avenue.
With the oversight of West Des Moines fireman Lt. Bill Post, firefighters Jim Kirkman and Richard Ray used a mechanical rope system to lower Weglarz beneath the bridge, where he attached himself to the safety harness of the stranded construction worker. The rope system was attached to the boom arm of a construction vehicle already located on the bridge.
that was about the same kind of thrill."
Weglarz, who has spent five years with the Alexander Mcqueen Boots Shopstyle fire department, said he immediately asked the victim's name and assured him that everything would be alright.
The victim, who has not been identified, was wedged on top of a pillar, holding himself in place with one arm, Weglarz said.
A rope system, guided by a team of West Des Moines firefighters, suspended Weglarz more than 40 feet above the ground adn allowing him to grab hold of a construction worker who had been clinging to the underside of a bridge for nearly an hour in the bitter cold.
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"We worked as a team and effectively had a safe and successful rescue," Post said.
West Des Moines firefighter Neil Weglarz, of Clive, helped save the life of a construction worker who was clinging to the underside of a bridge Monday afternoon. Army prepared Neil Weglarz for a brave rescue effort that saved the life of a construction worker in West Des Moines Monday.
The victim was stranded after a freight train collided with a boom lift that threw him and another worker into the air. The other victim flew more than 200 feet, landing on the ground. He was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.
"There was such an adrenaline rush," Weglarz, 42, said of his first ever life saving event. "I jumped out of planes in the Army and Christian Louboutin Shoes
the ground, a medical team intercepted the victim. Lt. Post said he gave the man a hug.
"I hugged him and I told him thanks for holding on," Post said. "It was an emotional release."
He added that a major house fire that was underway at the same time complicated the effort and delayed the response time.
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