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Construction workers gets helicopter rescue

PINE CONE STAFF

Published: September 26, 2008

A CONSTRUCTION worker who fell 20 feet from a ladder while working inside a Pacific Grove home was airlifted to a San Jose trauma center last Thursday. The condition of the man, whose name Pacific Grove Fire Department would not release, is unknown.

According to assistant fire chief Dave Brown, emergency crews were dispatched to the home on Balboa Avenue shortly before 6 p.m. Sept. 18.

“He was doing some painting or plastering,” Brown said. “He was working on top of a ladder and fell off,” landing on a plywood floor.

Deciding a trauma center would be better equipped to treat the worker’s injuries, emergency workers summoned a CALSTAR helicopter, which landed on the playing field at Pacific Grove Middle School to retrieve the patient brought there by ambulance.

The helicopter took the man to the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, according to Brown.

“He was conscious when he was transported,” he said. “But he didn’t look good when I saw him.”