By Mike Schuh

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—It was a tense afternoon. Emergency crews rushed to save a window washer trapped high above the ground.

Mike Schuh has more on how the difficult operation unfolded.

When it all went down, the window washer grabbed the rope—burning his hands and palms and hitting his head on the side of the building. But he did manage to stop himself.

On the east side of the Edenwald retirement complex at 800 Southerly Rd., he was 120 feet or more, dangling above the ground.

Window washers are used to the danger of the height. But clearly something went wrong here.

“He had a rope situation of some sort where he couldn’t get himself down any farther and couldn’t go up. He was stuck kind of between two floors,” said firefighter Chris Hale.

So, some of the most trained firefighters within the department went up, covering three sides from the window below, from above, and when stabilized, from a basket below. Hale was on a rope outside next to the man.

After dangling for about an hour, the man was brought down safely.

“He was just ready to get down. He hung there long enough,” Hale said.

The man was taken to Shock Trauma. His name has not been released by the county.

So far the window washing company has not returned calls to Eyewitness News.

Comments (35)
  1. Kevin says:

    From outside the building we were able to see some movement of the window washer’s hands and feet. He appears to be alive but not in good shape.

  2. Nell says: did this happen? Did he pass out?

  3. Krystal says:

    I’m watching this from my 21st floor condo. What is happening to Towson with all the fires and craziness?

  4. Stacey says:

    There’s got to be another way for these workers to be washing windows. They are really worked for their pay. How long has this man been dangling there?

  5. Matthew Barnard says:

    he fell and his harness caught him he is semi con with severe rope burns to his hands

  6. Matthew Barnard says:

    he was hanging there for about 45 minutes

  7. Carroll says:

    I can’t wait to start my PA education

  8. David Miller says:

    did he fall and a harness caught

  9. alaina says:

    Is he down now?

  10. sylvan finkelstein says:

    hope the gentleman is ok …

  11. Bud says:

    That looks like the Edenwald retirement community across from the Towson Towne Center

  12. Cass says:

    Yeah, it’s the Edenwald. It took them over an hour to rescue him. He was rescued at 1:10pm.

    I took some photos of the incident, but WJZ’s email address was rejected. They’re on WBAL though.

  13. Mike says:

    He may be sore or injured, but the harness saved his life.

  14. wow says:

    I started my own window cleaning business 2010 (so far ) cleaning in MD for residential homes and or Condos. My hopes were to someday get to the point where my business expands to cleaning windows of buildings such as this one. Now I think I might just stay with residenital condos and homes where I can use the pc of equipment I made myself that allows me to clean top of single hung windows at any level without hanging out or using a ladder. I am not as brave as this man but I do know cleaning windows can be a rewarding career not everyone enjoys. I am so glad this MAN is Ok. windowcleaningbymichelle@yahoo,com .

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