FORT SMITH — <name deleted> likes to get drunk and climb to the top of buildings.
That was the 23-year-old’s excuse for being atop the six story Stephens Building at 623 Garrison Ave., when police reached him before dawn Friday, a police report shows. NWA News Online
I wonder what the bar patrons along Garrison Avenue thought in the wee hours of the morning. Did they THINK they saw SPIDERMAN? Were they hallucinating, or was there really a guy hanging out way up there on top of that building?
The teamwork displayed by our law enforcement officers and our fire department makes me proud. They absolutely love to give each other grief — the police officers tease the firefighters about “sleeping on the job.” The firefighters have the usual “doughnut” jokes. But when pressed, they each whisper their respect for each other — running into burning buildings, getting shot at, and the courage it takes to do each.
Well, Thursday night, they had an unusual problem — how to get this guy off the roof of the building that serves as a make-shift city hall without hurting the perp — or themselves.
Ain’t nothing a ladder truck, a key, and a pair of cuffs — and some really smart public safety professionals — won’t fix. 😉
Police waited for someone connected to the building to bring a key so Hixson could be escorted to the ground from the inside of the building rather than by the fire escape.
Once back on the ground, officers arrested him on charges of criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and loitering.
NOTE: I’ve chosen to delete the name of the man arrested. It’s in most published stories. I’d rather not help this guy gain any Google powered name recognition from his fire escape escapade. Let him get his own free blog. Our fire fighters and police officers shouldn’t have to make a hobby of performing any more extractions like this, so please, don’t try this at home or anywhere else in Fort Smith.