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S.L. FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE SUICIDAL WOMAN FROM POLE

Salt Lake firefighters rescued a suicidal woman from the top of a 50-foot pole Thursday night.

The woman, a patient at the University of Utah Institute of Neuropsychiatry, climbed to the top of the pole about 9:30 p.m. during a ropes course used as a confidence builder for hospital patients, said Salt Lake Fire Capt. Dan Andrus.The woman perched precariously atop the pole for more than 90 minutes while hospital staff members and firefighters tried to convince her to come down. She was eventually helped down with a safety harness.

The rescue is one of the first for the department's new technical rescue team, which finished training just last month.

The woman was not injured, but Andrus said a fall from that height probably would have been fatal.