Chicago (IL) Crews Rescue Teen After Fall Into 40-Foot Ventilation Shaft

According to a report from ABC7, Chicago (IL) Fire Department (CFD) crews and city police needed nearly two hours to free a 17-year-old male who fell down a 40-foot ventilator shaft on an Old Town building rooftop early Friday morning. The teen was on the roof with friends.

CFD firefighters were notified of the incident at 1220 N. LaSalle Street near Goethe Street at around 4 a.m. Chicago police also responded.

CFD Deputy District Chief for the 1st District Thomas Carbonneau said emergency responders were lowered into the space to rescue the boy, who was by then unconscious. The teen was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition after the rescue.

CPD said he had been on the building’s rooftop with friends before he fell.


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