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Extensive group training helped save a woman trapped under lumber

Purdue's Police Department put their skills to the test Tuesday afternoon during a high-rise rescue.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 10:18 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 11:26 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue's Police Department put their skills to the test Tuesday afternoon during a high-rise rescue.

However, they had to use help from Lafayette's Fire Department.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox said its teamwork that helps the community when an immediate response is needed in any situation.

"This puts our community in a good place," said Cox. 

The community that should be thankful for all the local fire and police departments.

"It was like seconds," said Cox. 

It took seconds for Purdue Police to realize they needed help rescuing a woman who was trapped under lumber on the fifth story of a high-rise.

"As soon as they arrived they all went to work together," said Cox. 

All together, Purdue Police, Purdue Fire and the Lafayette Fire Department trekked up the top story of the Purdue AG Biomedical Engineering Building.

It's a situation the departments have trained for.

"Not only do all of our agencies train together, but we are very fortunate in Tippecanoe County to have the kind of CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) and records management and radio systems that we have," said Cox.

They are fortunate that firefighters have practiced rescuing victims trapped inside the structures.

"We don't know how good we have it in this county compared to a lot around," said Cox. "We are very very fortunate."

The victim in Tuesday's rescue was taken to IU Health Arnett.

Cox said the woman may have suffered from a broken hip, but she is going to be okay.

The rescue started at 1:36 p.m..

The injured construction worker was in the ambulance at 2:39 p.m..

All crews then left 255 S. University Street by 2:56 p.m..

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