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  • San Francisco**Failed Rescue**

    As usual...I will await the facts to become available...before commenting on this incident.


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A fire lieutenant whose attempt to rescue a
    man from the top of a four-story building ended with the man
    falling to his death was warned not to "spook" the would-be
    jumper, a message the firefighter did not hear because he had his
    radio turned off.
    The San Francisco Chronicle reported that radio transmissions
    before the failed rescue suggested that other firefighters did not
    think Nick Torrico, 26, was about to immediately jump from the
    rooftop.
    Fire officials said Torrico fell to his death on Oct. 12 after
    Lt. Victor Wyrsch, without notifying anyone, climbed a fire escape,
    grabbed the Seattle man and then lost his grip.
    A videotape of the incident shot by a witness and obtained by
    the Chronicle appears to show Torrico struggling to keep from
    falling down a slanted tile roof as Wyrsch tries to hang onto him,
    according to the newspaper.
    Tapes of radio communications show that the incident commander
    warned Wyrsch as he approached Torrico, "Hey, Vic, be careful,
    don't spook the guy." There was no reply.
    Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White has defended Wyrsch's action as
    heroic.
    John Hanley, head of the firefighters union, said it made sense
    for Wyrsch to have his radio turned off during the attempted
    rescue.
    "If you go to the other side and grab him, the radio would
    spook the guy," Hanley said.
    Torrico's family has criticized the effort, calling it
    impulsive.
    "I know that Victor did not intentionally try to hurt him.
    Victor was not thinking clearly," said Torrico's sister Cynthia.
    "He should have had a harness on him, so he could have a better
    grip on him."

    (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
    Last edited by NJFFSA16; 10-26-2006, 01:24 AM. Reason: Font Change
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  • #2
    All I can say is that here that would be a police operation. We'd stage and scoop up the mess if it came to that.

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    • #3
      Lt. Victor Wyrsch didnt do anything wrong the papers are making it seem like it is his fault that the guy died he didnt have his safty harness on because the guy was about to jump and there wasnt time to wait, wyrsch has saved 4 would be jumpers by doin what he did this time, what the article doesnt tell you is that when Wyrsch grabed the guy he started to struggle and try to get out of Wyrsch`s grip and Wyrsch started to lose his grip on the building and had to let the guy go or they both would have fallen and would have both died and im not making this stuff up, my girlfriends dad who is a firefighter in san francisco and personally knows Lt. Victor Wyrsch and has talked to him about what happend told me all of this.
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      • #4
        More info, including transcripts of the radio comm.

        http://www.firerescue1.com/rescue/articles/241006


        I say "**** happens" and that's that. It's not like he went up there with the intention of causing this guy to fall or to push him off. You would think it goes without saying that he tried his best to save this guy who he thought was about to jump, but some people just won't ever get it because they've never been under the tremendous life and death stress some of us have. I sure wasn't up there on the roof with him, so I'm certainly not gonna second guess the split second reaction he felt he had to make. Besides, isn't saying "be careful, don't spook the guy" kind of obvious anyway, especially for a Lt. with years on the job? I should hope so. Now, had he walked up behind the guy and yelled "BOO!" that would be a different story. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. We can't save everyone.
        Last edited by Chauffer6; 10-26-2006, 04:03 AM.

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        • #5
          You win some. You lose some. This had nothing to do with radios being on or off... in fact it being off was probably a help rather than a problem. As usual, the news media can go screw themselves. They keep trying to make the FD look bad whenever they can. Have they ever heard "don't bite the hand that feeds you?" One day when a reporter is standing on the edge of a roof, they are going to find the FD at the bottom yelling "What are you waiting for!"
          Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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          • #6
            Too many people have the "Hollywood" mentality when it comes to jumpers... if it's a good guy, they gaet saved, if the person threatening to jump was a skell, they go "splat".

            The Brother from SanFran did nothing wrong. It's a blatant attempt by the uberliberal media to paint him as the bad guy here.

            The question is... if the victim was mentally ill, then how did the touchy feely crowd fail him? That's what should be investigated, not the Lt.
            Last edited by CaptainGonzo; 10-26-2006, 06:49 PM. Reason: spelling error..typed before morning coffee!
            ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
            Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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            • #7
              Originally posted by nmfire
              As usual, the news media can go screw themselves. They keep trying to make the FD look bad whenever they can.
              Yep...we all know about those nasty media vultures...myself included? I'm not about to get in a ****ing match about it...and plan to stick to the topic here.....after the facts come out.

              NJ(One of those media vultures)
              Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
              Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

              *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
              On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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              • #8
                Please note, I said *mostly* braindead vultures in reference to print media. I didn't say they were all idiots. I have no doubt you are a very respectable person and would not be the type to do this kind of non-sense. You can thank some of your co-workers across the country for the bad reputation that falls over the media in general. I can count the good media expeiences on one hand as it relates to myself, my friends, my employer, my FD, and other agencies... combined. I could go on forever about the total BS non-sense crap and deliberate defimation based on total lies and made up stories. Unfortunately, most of them are not you. I make this judgement based on my own many personal experiences, I am not just talking out my behind on some bandwagon. I'm sorry if you're offended by it but that is how it is here.
                Last edited by nmfire; 10-26-2006, 09:29 AM.
                Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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                • #9
                  Seems to me that the fault lies in the guy who went up on the roof to jump in the first place, not the LT who went up there to save him. The LT did not cause the situation.

                  The family is making the comments that they are because they don't want to admit that a member of their family did what he did. If they can lay the blame on anyone else, they can make themselves feel better.

                  And of course, the Media laps it up.. drama sells.
                  So you call this your free country
                  Tell me why it costs so much to live
                  -3dd

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by voyager9
                    Seems to me that the fault lies in the guy who went up on the roof to jump in the first place, not the LT who went up there to save him. The LT did not cause the situation.
                    Bingo. The guy only falls if he puts himself on the edge of the roof to begin with. Now, we've got a Lt. in jeopardy of discipline or worse because he took the initiative on this guy's behalf. What a load of crap.

                    Originally posted by voyager9
                    The family is making the comments that they are because they don't want to admit that a member of their family did what he did. If they can lay the blame on anyone else, they can make themselves feel better.
                    No, they're making a fuss because it's going to be profitable.

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                    • #11
                      Not to mention the fact that this is probably goint to haunt Lt. Wyrsch for a very long time too. Sometimes things can be done differently, but its always the Monday morning quarterbacks that think the stuff up. We have a job that requires life and death decisions be made in the blink of an eye, and we do the absolute best we can. Did the family do everything THEY could to prevent him from being up there in the first place?! Or would they not appreciate the microscope being turned on them...I guess its always easier to blame someone else when bad things happen, and fire and police are always there when bad things are happening.

                      Hang in there LT. The news media and the nation have a short attention span.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by thelife
                        We have a job that requires life and death decisions be made in the blink of an eye, and we do the absolute best we can.
                        Right, the media, HQ, the city, and everybody else has forever. The same people that criticize the FD or PD (with few exceptions) have never been in a situation like the above. But they sure feel free to give their 2 cents.
                        J
                        It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

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                        • #13
                          hee hee

                          Originally posted by nmfire
                          One day when a reporter is standing on the edge of a roof, they are going to find the FD at the bottom yelling "What are you waiting for!"
                          I have to say, I laughed out loud at this.

                          Lieutenant - you didn't put that guy up there, HE did it to himself, and you were brave in trying to save him. I salute you.

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                          • #14
                            If the lieutenant had successfully grabbed the guy, hung on and pulled him to safety, he would be heralded as a true American hero. Instead, the guy who apparently wanted to die, is actually successful in doing it, and somehow it is the firefighter's fault?!?!?

                            Welcome to the United States of Victims, where people don't have to take any responsbility for their actions and everything is the fault of Government or anyone else with a lot of money.

                            Lt. Wyrsch: You did the right thing...know that in your heart and in your soul.
                            My comments are sometimes educated, sometimes informed and sometimes just blowing smoke...but they are always mine and mine alone and do not reflect upon anyone else (especially my employer).

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                            • #15
                              If it is PD's job to "talk them down" Then where were they? Can't they respond as quickly as the FD? I have to give it to the LT for at least trying. What was everyone else doing? Probably taking pictures with their handy dandy camera phones. I hope this doesn't mess with the LT long term, he did what he could at the time, you can't ask for any more than that!

                              Edit for caps
                              Last edited by Stewart46; 10-26-2006, 03:09 PM.

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