A University of Pittsburgh student who got stuck between buildings in Oakland was rescued by an emergency crew.
Grant Birdsong found himself stuck in the 3700 block of Forbes Avenue between Atwood Street and Oakland Avenue after he attempted to jump from one roof to the other to “impress” a young woman, according to the police. While he got stuck at around 2 a.m., he was eventually rescued after 6 a.m.
“My understanding is (that) he was jumping between two buildings and fell in between them,” Pittsburgh Public Safety director Wendell Hissrich said. “Basically,(he was stuck in) a 16-18-inch crevice and fell three stories.”
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Grant Birdsong rescue: “It was a very extensive operation”
As reported by Post Gazette, the student missed his jump and slipped between two buildings. Crews had to break through the wall from inside the Qdoba restaurant in order to rescue the student.
“It appeared there were three walls we had to go through, and also we had people on the roof,” said Hissrich. “One of the paramedics did rappel down three stories to render assistance, and also provide us some landmarks to where he was.”
Limited space made the rescue a challenging operation for the crews, public safety officials said. The rescue operation, which took several hours, involved cutting holes through the wall of the Qdoba restaurant.
“It was a very extensive operation,” said Hissrich. “Both city rescue trucks and the Department of Public Works assisted in the rescue.”
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The wall of the restaurant is being worked on currently, so the restaurant could remain shuttered for two weeks. “It’s gonna be a while because we gotta remove our whole wall, rebuild the exterior wall from the inside then rebuild our wall,” Chad Brooks, franchisee for Qdoba, said, as reported by WTAE.
Grant Birdsong rescue: “We were all young and dumb at some point”
“We were all young and dumb at some point so no ill will toward him,” Brooks said. “I’m sure he’s embarrassed. I’m sure he’s hurting too so.”
Birdsong was taken to the UPMC Presbyterian. The student sustained a broken ankle.
Brugger’s Bagels, located next door to Qdoba, posted a sign outside its doors informing its customers that the store would remain closed until 7 a.m. because of “the man who thought it would be a good idea to impress his girlfriend and got stuck between the building walls!”
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