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Wasp nest strands man on 100-foot ladder
Firefighters make high-altitude rescue
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David Pollard of Tillman & Deal sprays his way out after being trapped by a swarm of wasps at the top of a grain elevator until the Statesboro Fire Department came to the rescue with it's tower truck. Department officials confirm that this was the highest elevation the ladder has been extended to-date during a real-life rescue, and was the second day in a row that the truck has been utilized.
When Statesboro resident David Pollard climbed 100 feet above the ground Wednesday to replace a belt on equipment at a grain elevator, he didn’t expect to run into trouble. And when Statesboro firefighters responded to a call about a man “stuck” at the grain elevator, they didn’t expect to find him stranded because of a nest of angry wasps. Pollard, 22, a maintenance man for Tillman and Deal’s facility on Matthews Road, climbed up the ladder Wednesday afternoon around 2 p.m. in order to “switch out some belts” and apparently didn’t notice the wasps as he ascended.
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