On December 12, 2023, at 0951, the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company and New Castle County Paramedics were alerted for an unconscious subject on the roof of a Grove Lane address in the Grove in Newark. Fire and EMS units arrived to find an adult male in cardiac arrest on the rooftop of a commercial building with bystanders performing CPR. Fire department personnel took over CPR and were joined on the roof by county paramedics who initiated advanced life support procedures. Fire and EMS personnel were able to restore the patient’s pulse on the roof at approximately 1016 hours. Fire department personnel requested assistance from the New Castle County High Angle/Confined Space Rescue Team. Special operations personnel from Christiana, Cranston Heights, Elsmere, Good Will and Five Points with County Rescue Paramedics responded to the request for specialized rescue personnel. The patient was lowered to the ground at 1044 hours and transported by Aetna ambulance with county paramedics to the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department.

– Photos courtesy of John J. Jankowski, Jr.;

– Submitted by Lawrence Tan & Abigail Haas