Rescuers free woman wedged between 2 buildings

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013
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"It was so tight, it wasn't until the last foot that she could actually see me," Chatman said. "She had that look in her eye that she was coming out no matter what."

She was taken to the Oregon Health & Science University hospital and appeared to be in good health, fire Lt. Damon Simmons said. Because she's a patient, the department won't release her name unless she gives her consent, he said.

The department's Urban Search and Rescue unit who extricated the woman train for situations such as building collapses and none of the tactics used Wednesday were improvised, Simmons said.

"They're ready for when the big earthquake hits," he said.

The unit in recent years has dealt with people who have fallen into sinkholes. But Wednesday's incident was the first time firefighters had come across someone stuck exactly like the woman was, Simmons said.

"She was just so relieved," Chatman said. "She'd been there for over three hours against two cold slabs of concrete.

"Right before she went out to the ambulance, we were able to get a little hug in there."

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