June 1, 2023

Boy Rescued from Escalator by the PGFD

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A 6-year-old boy got his hand caught in an escalator Thursday night at a mall in Maryland.

It took over two hours for firefighters to free the distressed child from the moving staircase at the Iverson Mall in Temple Hills just outside Washington, said Officer Mark Brady of Prince George’s County Fire Department.

About 8:40 p.m., the boy’s finger somehow got wedged under the handrail at the bottom of an escalator heading down in the Burlington Coat Factory, The Washington Post reported.

The rescue crew needed to cut the escalator apart and remove pieces of a wall to reach the boy who was understandably panicked. With his mother’s permission, responders calmed the child down with pain medication.

He was removed just before 11 p.m. and taken to a nearby hospital. His injuries have not been disclosed.

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