Orland Fire Protection District rescues man from road rainwater sewer

Orland Fire Protection District rescues man from road rainwater sewer 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

By the Orland Fire Protection District

Photo shows OFPD firefighters training for pipe/sewer rescue situation during training sessions held at the Fire District this past summer (2014).

Photo shows OFPD firefighters training for pipe/sewer rescue situation during training sessions held at the Fire District this past summer (2014).

The Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) responded to an emergency call on Saturday night Dec. 27 at around 5:20 pm from a man who reported that he had fallen into a road water sewer along Harlem Avenue between 143rd and 151st Street, according to OFPD officials.

Harlem Avenue was closed for about two hours by Orland Park Police as rescuers found the man, who had dropped straight down into the rain water sewer and became stuck with serious injuries. The man fell about 20 feet down into the water sewer, OFPD officials said.

The man was returning to his car which was parked near 151st and Harlem when he stepped into the pipe and fell in. It took firefighters about 10 to 15 minutes to locate the man in the sewer pipe near 145th and Harlem Avenue on the side of the road. 

Rescue personnel searched along Harlem Avenue for about 25 minutes. The search also included emergency response teams from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department and the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

Orland Firefighters used a specialized rescue team which trains specifically to rescue individuals from pipes. Using a variety of ropes and air pressure equipment, it took about 70 minutes before emergency responders were able to remove the man from the pipe.

Police had closed off Harlem Avenue to traffic between 143rd Street and 151st Street.

Fire officials said the man was fortunate to have his cell phone on him. It would not have been easy for anyone to see or hear his distress calls along that stretch of Harlem Avenue which is in the forest preserve areas.

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn for treatment where he was treated for multiple injuries. He is reported in good condition.


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