FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — Fort Worth firefighters were called in on Thursday to help remove the body of a deceased man estimated to weigh 500 pounds.
The deceased man was discovered by a neighbor, who decided to check in on the person after reportedly not seeing him for a few days.
The neighbor entered the house and found the man lying on the floor. Based on the information provided, the 9-1-1 operators listed the person as “obviously deceased”.
Responding firefighters arrived on scene and confirmed the information at 5:15 p.m. Fort Worth Police then called in the Medical Examiner.
At 6:45 p.m., police again contacted the Fire Alarm Office for help in lifting the deceased individual. Engine 15 responded and requested additional assistance to lift the body.
When help arrived, authorities derived a plan to remove the person from the residence.
“Due to the situation that the fire department found — apparently the person had been dead for a few days — they put on some extra protection, Level A Hazmat suits and air packs,” said Tim Hardeman with the Fort Worth Fire Department.
The plan was successfully executed with the help of ropes and tarps to lift and move the body.
After the body was successfully removed from the home, all personnel involved went through decontamination procedures. The Medical Examiner has not listed the cause of death.
According to Hardeman, it’s not unusual for the Fire Department to be requested in ‘lift’ situations.
“Because we’re emergency response here in Fort Worth, we often get request for lift help, or patients that might be a little out of the realm of one ambulance team or fire unit team being able to move that person.”
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