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    Aurora Fire Department Rescues Security Guard From Utility Trench

    An unnamed 25 year-old security guard had a nightmare early Wednesday morning that had nothing to do with Halloween.

    The guard was apparently making his periodic walk around the exterior of a large commercial building on Aurora’s West Side sometime around midnight when he fell into a 15-foot hole dug for utility purposes.

    The Aurora Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and, upon arrival, requested a Technical Rescue Response due to the nature of the incident.

    The Aurora Fire Departments Technical Rescue Team arrived on the scene and began securing and stabilizing the hole while paramedics talked to and assessed the patient. The patient was conscious and alert; however, paramedics could not evaluate the full extent of the injuries as they could not enter the hole until the Technical Rescue Team secured it.

    Due to the scope of the incident and the amount of personnel required to facilitate the rescue, the response was upgraded, bringing approximately 20 outside fire department agencies’ Technical Rescue Teams to the scene. In addition, a medical transport helicopter was requested.

    After approximately 2 hours, the patient was successfully rescued from the hole.

    The patient was moved to an Aurora Fire Department Paramedic Unit and was treated by Aurora paramedics and medical personnel from the awaiting helicopter. The patient was then transferred to the helicopter and flown to a nearby trauma center in critical condition.

    At the time of this release, the patient’s condition is not known after being treated at the trauma center.

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