LBFD rescue a suicidal woman from Hilton Hotel’s 8th floor
2010-05-24 · By Editor
On Saturday afternoon, May 22, the Long Beach Fire Department responded to the Hilton Hotel on Ocean Boulevard to answer the reports of a suicidal woman hanging out of an eighth-story window.
The first arriving unit immediately recognized the potential complexity of this situation and requested additional apparatus and personnel including the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) team, and the negotiation team and other officers from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
During the four-hour negotiation process, the female finally pulled back away from the window for a brief time period. Through the coordinated effort of the US&R team rappelling from the 15-story roof to the eighth floor and the LBPD breaking down the door. The female was subdued without incident or injury; she was evaluated at the scene by Paramedics and transported by the LBPD for treatment to a local hospital.
During this incident Ocean Blvd from the 710 Freeway to Magnolia Avenue was shut down to traffic. Following the rescue, all traffic was let through including the guests of a wedding scheduled at the hotel that evening.
24 people worked for more than four hours to prevent the suicide attempt and rescue the woman. The LBPD also had multiple resources and personnel on scene, and through their combined efforts were able to save someone who felt that life had become unbearable.