Firefighters Rescue Man Hanging 40 Feet from Ham Radio Tower Near Republic (Missouri)

A man who lives in rural Greene County is okay after dangling from a ham radio tower about 40 feet in the air. It happened Tuesday afternoon north of Republic at a home along South Farm Road 53 between Republic and Interstate 44. Charles Young fell off the tower after he got dizzy and slipped.

The man, who is in his mid-60s, wore a safety harness but his feet got caught in the tower. That left him hanging from about 40 feet high. Young’s wife called 9-1-1.

His neighbor, also an assistant fire chief for West Republic Volunteer Fire Department, assisted firefighters in the rescue. Firefighters used bucket trucks to reach him but they too had to be careful because of wires in the area.

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