Firefighters Rescue Downtown Window Washer

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 48-year-old window washer was rescued safely after his tether malfunctioned outside a downtown Las Vegas office building.

Alex Ramos said he was suspended for more than two hours before rescuers lowered him by ropes to the sidewalk about noon Monday.

He told reporters he never panicked when his gear malfunctioned at the eighth floor.

He just knocked on a window. An office worker dialed 911 about 10:35 a.m.

Ramos says he was surprised by the number of firefighters who arrived with a 100-foot ladder truck and several other engines at the building near the Regional Justice Center.

The bucket only reached the seventh floor.

Ramos works for N&R Cleaning. He's been doing the job for eight years.

He calmly snapped cellphone photos as firefighters reached him for the rescue.


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