June 14, 2016 – Around 11:00 a.m. Cypress Creek’s Comm Center got a call about a man working inside a sign about 50 feet off the ground who had a medical emergency. Comm Center employees got rescue assets in place and quickly set up radio patches so all the rescuers could talk to each other and to the Comm Center.
Here’s what happened. Two sign company personnel were doing some final work on Parkway Chevrolet’s Brand New L.E.D. Sign at the Grand Parkway feeder road and Boudreaux, when one of the workers became ill.
It was very hot inside the sign at the time. Klein Fire Department and Cypress Creek EMS responded. Two Klein firefighters along with CCEMS medics Max Vener and Tony Rodriguez (M511) climbed the sign’s internal ladder to the patient and began cooling him down. Since the patient could not climb back down the ladder, the decision was made to cut through the sign and lower the patient down with Spring Fire Department’s Tower Truck. Here’s a video of the patient climbing out of the sign onto the platform of Tower 70.
Since the Medics Vener and Rodriguez were inside the hot sign for some time, Medics Kavon Espari and Amber Reese (M528) came in to relieve them and handle the transport.
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