This evening at about 12:30 I began hearing the elevator alarm at my apartment complex. I ignored it for awhile, but then I went to fix the elevator. I have done this many a time. Normally a beer can or something is jammed in the door. This time was different. I heard screams and loud thuds. So I went downstairs to alert the managment that something wasn’t right. When I got down there I saw that the resident director was already working on getting the stranded folks out. The people in the elevator were screaming very loudly, and jumping up and down trying to get the elevator restarted. It was panicing some of the girls. So the director ask me if I could try to calm the people down and let them know that the fire department was on their way. So I went up to the 3rd floor where the people were stuck. I was able to get them calmed down and quiet. After calming them down and letting them know rescue was coming, the director joined me on the floor. She had brought a tool with her to try to get the door open. She couldn’t get the door open – so I gave it a shot. After playing with the door opener tool for a little bit, I felt the door click and begin to slide open. The door opened up and I saw the elevator lodged halfway between the 3rd and 4th floor. The occupants of the elevator car were very happy to see the door open. I helped get the people down because there was about a 4-5 foot drop between the floor of the elevator and the 3rd floor. As soon as I got the last person out of the car, the fire department arrived. After the greenville fd checked everybody out – everybody continued on their way. It was a happy ending to everything. It did make a boring evening in Greenville a little more exciting!
Somehow this reminds me of the David Crowder Band song… Rescue is Coming.