Salt Lake Fire came to the rescue of the police department stuck in an elevator…in their own public safety building.
When the building elevator got stuck, there were nine employees inside…police employees. Firefighters are the only first responders who carry elevator keys.
The firefighters knew from the 911 call that they’d be rescuing cops and dispatchers.
Kevin Kochevar, Salt Lake City Fire Captain, said, “I would like to say it was like any other call, but we particularly enjoyed bringing those police officers out. The looks on their faces knowing that they’re going to hear about it for a long time.”
This isn’t the first time firefighters came to the rescue of police.
SLC Police Detective Michael Ruff explained, “Our old building, it happened all the time. Our elevators got stuck all the time in our old building.”
It’s the first time the rescue was captured on video, though. It was posted online and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people within hours.
See the 911 call, posted on the Salt Lake City Fire Department’s Facebook page, below:
911 what’s your emergency?
-“This is the police”
Yes sir, this is the police, what’s the nature of your emergency?
-“No, this is the police”
Correct again sir, how can we help you?
-“No, this is literally the police. We’re calling you from an elevator. We seem to have put too many humans onto this thrill ride and now we’re stuck!”
Sir, did I hear that right? You are stuck in the elevator and you need help getting out?
-“That’s correct ma’am.”
Copy, what’s the address of the building?
-“Uh…that’s the thing, see, it’s THIS building. The one you’re currently in ma’am.”
SIR, did I copy you’re stuck in the elevator of our own public safety building?
-“Yes ma’am. And we need help getting out. This is not a drill, I repeat, this is not a drill.”
Copy that sir, we are sending the fire department over to rescue you.
-“Oh great, these jokes write themselves! I’ll bet they can’t wait to post this on social media!”