Jerry D. Hatfield saved a youth from falling, Gainesville, Florida, October 11, 1967. At night, a distraught youth, 19, climbed 75 feet to the top of a scaffold constructed of metal tubing alongside a building still under construction. A number of persons were attracted; and firemen arrived with a net. Hatfield, 21, student, reached the scene and saw the youth, whom he knew casually, rise to a standing position. He called sharply for him to sit down. The youth did so. Thereafter each time the youth stood erect he obeyed Hatfield’s order to sit down again, but he ignored all pleas to come down from the scaffold. A police officer asked Hatfield to hold the youth’s attention by climbing to him while the police made their way to the roof of the building. Although he was an inexperienced climber, Hatfield agreed to do so. He made his ascent by grasping a horizontal tube of the scaffold six feet above him, swinging one foot upward onto crossed bracing rods, and then drawing himself up onto the tube. While climbing the scaffold, which was not attached to the building, he called assurance to the youth. Each time the youth rose to a standing position, Hatfield ordered him to sit down and was obeyed. Once Hatfield’s shoes slipped on the bracing rods, and he hung suspended by his hands until he was able to draw himself up. He then discarded the shoes. Visibility became poorer as he ascended, climbing slowly because of his unfamiliarity with the scaffold and so as not to alarm the youth. While Hatfield was resting briefly, the youth began to squirm about, causing the scaffold to shake. Hatfield calmed the youth and, urging him to move onto the roof, continued his ascent with great caution. As he raised himself to a position astride the top tube he discovered that the brace at one corner of the scaffold was loose. Although unnerved by, the discovery, he inched his way along the tube to within three feet of the youth. He then said he would like to get off the scaffold and urged the youth to move toward the roof. The youth responded and, straddling the uppermost tube at the side of the scaffold slid along it. Hatfield also moved onto the tube and followed the youth to the roof. Police officers, who by then had ascended to the roof, mist them and took them to the ground.
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