On October 7, 1980 an injured contract worker was rescued from the inside of a drained public water tower in Mechanicsburg. The 19-year-old worker had constructed a 40-foot scaffolding inside the tower to allow him to work. While performing sandblasting procedures, the scaffolding became unstable and he suffered a 35-foot fall, into the belly of the empty water tower, and sustained multiple injuries. The Mechanicsburg Fire and EMS department orchestrated a rescue operation that proved to be one of the most spectacular rescues ever undertaken by a rural fire and EMS department. Under the sponsorship of then Ohio congressman Charles ‘Rocky’ Saxbe, every individual involved in the rescue operation were issued a congressional citation for their heroic performance.

– Submitted by Steve Castle