A HERO firefighter who saved a suicidal man who was clinging to the Big Wheel in Manchester City Centre has been honoured for his efforts.
Firefighter Greg Rostern, a member of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) Technical Response Unit, was presented with a Certificate of Outstanding Performance during a ceremony at Ashton Fire Station, yesterday August 26, 2015.
On September 18, 2014, Greg and his colleagues on Blue Watch were called to the Big Wheel in Piccadilly Gardens.
The crew found a man clinging to the leg of the wheel 30 metres above the ground and Firefighter Rostern was tasked with climbing up to try and rescue him.
After 30 minutes of slow climbing Firefighter Rostern reached the man, who was extremely drunk and abusive towards him.
Despite the obvious danger, Firefighter Rostern was unwavering in his duty and managed to attach a rescue harness to the man and secure him to the structure.
Firefighter Rostern then had to spend 60 minutes secured to the Big...
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