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April 27,2004
Special ops busy in DC
By Alan Etter

Special Operations had their hands full Tuesday with back-to-back technical rescues in the Northwest quadrants of the city.  The first dispatch was at approximately 10:30 AM for the report of injured construction workers in the basement of the old Woodies building, 10th & F Streets, NW.  First responders found two adult males, one with a serious head injury, the other with a hand injury.  It was learned construction equipment and material fell from the ninth floor unto the men who were working in the elevator shaft in the basement.  The patient with the head injury was in need of immediate care.  Squad and EMS personnel worked quickly to assess the man, secure him in a Stokes basket and remove him from the scene to a waiting ambulance. Both patients were transported, and the incident is under review by OSHA.

In the second incident, about 12:30 PM - Engine 17 reported the MVA in the parking lot of the Veterans Administration Hospital was - in fact - a pin job.  Both squads responded again to effect a technical rescue of the man who was pinned between a cab and a pickup truck.  After a 20 minute effort to spread the vehicles apart, the man was removed, treated by EMS and transported to MedStar, where his condition was listed as serious.  The incident is under investigation by MPD.

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