Image of DC Fire and EMS rescuing two employees stuck in an elevator

Special operations rescue two men from NBC4 broadcast tower

DC Fire and EMS rescued employees after 3 hours.


image of rescue team members
Rescue team members at the scene

Two employees got stuck in an elevator of a broadcast tower at 4001 Nebraska Ave, Northwest, DC, Tuesday afternoon, said the DC Fire and EMS.

“Both the employees are stuck since 1:44 pm in the elevator. We’re in constant contact with them. Glad they’re safe, but we’re waiting for them to be rescued,” said Matt Glassman, News director of NBC4. The special operations rescue team has cleared the scene. 

Image of Rescue team member climbing up the broadcast tower
Rescue team member climbing up the broadcast tower

The rescue team had seven members up the tower. “It was a “rope-based rescue,” and they tried to rescue the two NBC4 employees by putting helmets on and bringing them down safe,” said Irene Johnson, Public Information Office from the DC Fire and EMS department. Rescue squads 1 and 3 assisted in the operation.


“Since I’ve been here, it is the first time we’re conquering this problem from an 800-feet tower, which is why it was taking time,” said Johnson.

DC Fire and EMS department said both the employees were safe and rescued at 4:15 pm. It was a high-angle rescue. They were not injured and did not need medical attention.

Image of Fire trucks at the scene
DC Fire and EMS rescuing two employees from stuck elevator at the scene

The cause of the stuck elevator is still unknown. It wasn’t an electricity issue, said Glassman.

Siddhi Mahatole

Siddhi Mahatole covers Bethesda and Chevy Chase for ҹֱ. She currently studies international journalism as a graduate student at American University. She is also a Fulbright Scholar from 2022.

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