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    Post Blackout 2003-Rescues

    Hmmmm, what's missing.....or better yet, What other prominent NYC agency is not mentioned in this story

    NEW YORK (AP) - Dangling in a harness suspended high within an
    elevator shaft at the Empire State Building, David Goldberg was
    surprised to hear his police rescuers referring to him over their
    radios as "the victim."
    In fact, he found the whole thing rather exciting.
    The native New Yorker had never been to the 102-story landmark
    before last Thursday, when the city lost power during the biggest
    blackout in U.S. history as he headed to a meeting on the 62nd
    floor. When the express elevator went dark and jolted to a stop
    around the 52nd floor, Goldberg found out through the intercom that
    he might be stranded for a while, so he peeled off his suit and sat
    down to wait.
    He read the newspaper (the dim emergency bulbs on the ceiling of
    the car provided enough light, if he stood on his briefcase and
    squinted at the print). He discovered an electronic flying game on
    his cell phone (the 39-year-old attorney and father of two girls
    never had time for that before).
    He dozed. He stood on the railing and tried to open the
    emergency hatch on the ceiling. He pried the doors open for air,
    finding a brick wall on the other side. He tried, a million times,
    to call his wife.
    But he didn't panic.
    "I have a sense of adventure," Goldberg, who was trapped for
    at least five hours, told The Associated Press. "Not that I wanted
    to be there, but if it had to happen to anybody, I'm glad it
    happened to me."
    The Emergency Service Unit officers who rescued Goldberg and
    another man from a different elevator in the city's tallest
    building were among several New Yorkers honored on Tuesday for
    their work during the blackout. Others included a team of nurses
    who kept a premature baby alive with a manual ventilator and
    transit workers who evacuated stalled subway trains.
    "The rescues they made were dramatic," Mayor Michael Bloomberg
    At the Empire State Building, guided by emergency lights and
    fellow officers on radios, Detective James Moran rappelled down the
    shaft and landed on top of Goldberg's elevator. He unlocked two
    sliding bolts and four nut bolts, opened the hatch and slid into
    the car.
    Moran hooked Goldberg to a harness and signaled for the other
    officers to haul him out. Goldberg, 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, was
    slowly pulled through the hatch and up to the 55th floor, bracing
    his dress shoes along the wall as if he were walking up the shaft.
    Rescue workers plucked hundreds of people from elevators during
    the blackout, but most weren't quite as inspired by Hollywood. Most
    cars could be accessed from the closest floors to where they
    stopped. Express elevators like the one Goldberg was riding
    required more creative methods.
    After the officers handed Goldberg a bottle of water and sent
    him on his way, they moved on to find Luis Nieves, a security guard
    trapped in an elevator near the 32nd floor.
    Unable to reach Nieves any other way, they used jackhammers to
    bore a hole through two layers of brick and firewall and lowered a
    ladder to get to him.
    Throughout all their rescues that night, the officers had to
    maintain a calm presence while working quickly, Detective Gregory
    Mathius said.
    "We were giving them a little psychological first aid, trying
    to keep them calm," he said.
    Mathius said that during the evening the team stopped counting
    the number of rescues it performed.
    Bloomberg awarded certificates to the eight police officers and
    about 20 others during the ceremony at City Hall on Tuesday.
    "We've all got a lot to be proud of," he said. "Their
    training and professionalism and devotion to the city shined during
    the city's darkest hours."

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    Yeah, so what. I can tell you every day things go on that never get mentioned. You'd be amazed at some of the good jobs that occur that are never heard of. Most guys could care less if its not reported. Alot of the info that does make it to the media is so flawed that guys hardly pay attention to it anyway. Like they say " the squeeky wheel gets the grease", and most of the guys I know arnt squeeking.They know what REALLY happenes, and thats enough for them.

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    Matty if an FDNY company and not the NYPD made the rescue would you still have the same sarcastic tone in your reply. I can't understand why guys get jealous over who's in the newspaper and who's not in the paper. 99% of all publicity that FDNY members get is favorable compared to 99% of the publicity that NYPD members get is unfavorable. Let those guys get there moment in the spotlight they deserve it every now and then.

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    I'm not sure about the FDNY getting all favorable media or not, but I do know that smaller departments almost always only get negative publicity. You can go and put out 10 arson fires, make 20 rescues, and nothing is ever said, but you have one firefighter set a fire somewhere, and it makes the news. Or have a problem at all in the fire department, it makes the news. A local department back home is making headlines because their treasurer may have taken money from the department. They don't mention that what the department has done that's good, they just mention the bad. Like Matty said, it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. I don't think he's implying that he's "jealous" or that anybody is really jealous. If I know firefighters (and I think I do) most would rather not be in the media. Again, like Matty said, the media has a knack for screwing things up, making it sound more heroic and/or worse than it is.

    Stay safe,


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    Yes I would. Thats the point. The media gets it wrong most of the time. I've been involved at jobs where its happened. As long as your own company knows the real story, who cares? We laugh about it. There's too many people out there who arnt just happy with doing their job well and the self satisfaction that comes with it. They need to constantly remind everyone that they are a hero. "Look at me, look what I did, arnt I great" Its pathetic.

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