Jay police, firefighters rescue woman trapped on balcony

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JAY — A woman who locked herself out of her third-floor apartment on Main Street was rescued from a balcony by firefighters Friday morning.

Officer Nicholas Gulliver said he was outside a bank across the street and heard someone yelling and saw a woman’s head and arms waving from a third-floor balcony in the back of the building.

The woman, who was not identified, didn’t have a coat or shoes. She had stepped onto the balcony to see where she could hang Christmas lights, he said.

She had been hollering for help for more than an hour, but it was difficult to hear her because of all the traffic, he said.

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Gulliver called the Jay Fire & Rescue Department, which brought a ladder truck. Firefighter Blaine Rackliff said the ladder was raised to the balcony and Lt. Max Couture climbed up to help the woman get down. Rackliff, along with Lt. Rick Duguay and firefighter Darren Roundy, assisted at the scene.

Rackliff said the woman was extremely cold, especially her feet and hands, but declined medical help. She was very grateful for the services, he said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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