MAN RIDES BIKE OFF CLIFF
RESCUED BY FIREFIGHTERS,
POLICE, MEDICS & RANGERS
Elyria – A 29 year old Elyria man, Jason Kendall, was riding bikes with relatives Saturday afternoon in Cascade Park. They were heading into the park along the path that runs behind the Elyria Police Station on Lake Ave. The further down the path they went the narrower the path became and changing from a paved road to a dirt path. It was along the narrow dirt path that Kendall went off the path and tumbled approximately 40 feet.
Elyria Firefighters, LifeCare Paramedics, Elyria Police Officers and Elyria Park Rangers all responded to assist Kendall. Assistant Chief Glenn Saddler of the Elyria Fire Department said that Firefighters rigged up a fairly simple system to bring the victim back up to the path. “Basically we sent two Firefighters down to the victim; they assessed his injuries and immobilized him. We then sent down a Stokes Basket and after they secured him we were able to pull him back up the cliff.”
Looking like half of a Tug of War team, Firefighters, Police Officers, Medics and Rangers all pulled the rope hoisting the victim back up the cliff.
Once back on the path the victim was carried along the dirt path to an awaiting LifeCare Supervisor Off Road vehicle. The victim was loaded into the back of the truck and driven to the back lot of the Police station where he was then transferred to an awaiting ambulance. (Anyone see the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles?)
Kendall was transported to Elyria Memorial Hospital with cuts and bruises. His bike was also retrieved by Firefighters.
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