September 30, 2023


INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis firefighters were called upon to perform a tactical rope rescue Sunday to aid an ill man under a bridge.

Emergency crews were alerted to a 53-year-old male suffering an unknown illness at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Responders arrived to find a complicated situation: An apparently homeless man who had been living underneath the bridge at Oliver Avenue and West McCarthy Street and was too sick to make it back up on his own.

Firefighters were called to perform a basket rescue – raising the man 20 feet to the bridge for medical transport.

The unidentified man was taken to Eskenazi Health, where he was listed in good condition.

Click on the video player above to see part of the rescue in action.

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