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Rescuers bring naked man down from raised railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale

Rescuers bring naked man down from raised railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale

Firefighters answering a rescue call on an otherwise routine downtown Friday morning encountered a scene that was anything but: A man perched 100 feet atop a railroad drawbridge over the New River. He was agitated and paranoid, rescuers reported. He was also naked. "Initially when we got here he wasn't very cooperative, he didn't want anyone to come near him and he didn't want to be rescued," said Deputy Fire Rescue Chief Timothy Heiser. "He denied any drug use." Two tense hours passed in the sweltering heat while rescuers plotted strategy. A fireboat stood by below in case a water rescue was necessary. The man, possibly homeless, moved about on a...

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