Samuel Siegelman, 44, crane operator and mechanic, saved Samuel C. Brooks, 29, steeple jack, from an impending fatal fall, St. Louis, Missouri, January 10, 1929. While being hoisted on a swing by means of a block and tackle that was suspended from a cable, Brooks was quickly carried to the cable 94 feet above the floor of a building when the rope at the floor caught on a revolving shaft. The rope was pulled taut and then broke close to the cable. Brooks’s hands were burned by friction, and one was injured in a pulley. He got his arms and one leg over the cable, but he was somewhat dazed. Siegelman moved a crane to a point two feet from a point directly under Brooks and could move it no closer. He then stepped up three feet and balanced himself on a two-inch angIe-iron railing at the side of a platform of the crane. Without handhold of any kind he then placed one foot on a narrow ledge of the wall of the building that was three feet from the railing on which he stood. He grasped Brooks’s dangling thigh, holding it against his chest, and Brooks let himself drop through Siegelman’s arms and let go of the cable. Holding Brooks around the waist, Siegelman carefully stepped back to the railing, balanced, and then stepped down to the platform.
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