Winters fire crew rescues senior stuck in elevator

Winters fire personnel rescued a resident from a stuck elevator at the Winters Senior Apartments.
Winters Fire and Police personnel work to rescue a senior from a stuck elevator. Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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On March 19 Ada Rivera, a resident at the Winters Senior Apartments, was traveling to the second floor in the apartment building elevator when it stopped. “It just stopped,” Rivera said. “I pressed the alarm, and I called my friend upstairs.” Rivera said she was inside the elevator for about 30 minutes. She said she was able to remain calm by thinking about her mom and knowing God was with her in there. Fire Chief Brad Lopez said the Winters Fire Department was called to an elevator rescue at 5:15 p.m. WFD Engine 26 personnel who arrived on scene included Fire Captain Cheyne Baumgart, Engineer Phil Hoag and Firefighter Brad Berman. They were joined by Lopez and Winters Police Officer Victor Barajas. Baumgart said a breaker tripped, and once the crew figured out the elevator was not getting the electrical current they were able to lower it hydraulically to the first floor. Lopez said it took about 15 minutes to recall the elevator, and Rivera had nothing but smiles and gratitude for the crew that helped rescue her.]]>

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