Crews rescue man who suffered medical emergency on crane in Tampa

Posted at 9:46 AM, May 10, 2017

Crews rescued a man who reportedly had a medical emergency on a crane in downtown Tampa on Wednesday morning.


The crane operator was having a hard time communicating, and Tampa Fire Rescue had to act.

"I felt safe. I wasn't worried at all going down," said Roland Alfonso of Tampa Fire Rescue.

The 30-year-old firefighter is a graduate of Sickles High School in Tampa.

"He seemed to be pretty calm," Alfonso said of the man who was stuck 200 feet above the ground. "I checked up on him a few times. He gave me a thumbs up. He couldn't really communicate too well, he said.

The crane operator was stuck behind the controls and had to be lowered down on a sled.