Stranded worker in cherry-picker rescued in Portsmouth

A firefighter in a ladder truck comes to the aid of the Henderson Electrical worker. A firefighter in a ladder truck comes to the aid of the Henderson Electrical worker.

A firefighter in a ladder truck comes to the aid of the Henderson Electrical worker.

Firefighters in a ladder truck come to the aid of the Henderson Electrical worker. Portsmouth Fire Department photo.

PORTSMOUTH — Firefighters are used to saving cats stuck in trees. But an electrical worker trapped in a cherry-picker?

That was indeed the scenario late Thursday morning. An employee of Henderson Electrical was in the process of changing light bulbs in the parking lot at Clements’ Marketplace when the vehicle he was using experienced a hydraulic failure.

Ladder 1 and Car 2 from the Fire Department were dispatched to the East Main Road store at 11:31 a.m.

Rescue workers assist the electrical worker from the ladder truck. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Firefighters assist the electrical worker from the ladder truck. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

The man was not in any distress and Lt. William Ethier and firefighter Robert Malione were able to remove him and bring him to the ground without incident, according to Deputy Chief Michael P. O’Brien.  Firefighters also cleaned up a small hydraulic fluid spill, he said, and units left the scene at 11:55 a.m.

 

Portsmouth Fire Department photo

Portsmouth Fire Department photo

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