Parachutist safe after being stuck on broadcast tower; 2 arrests made
Timothy Church and Brandon Travis are both charged with trespassing By Daniel Fredman
According to authorities, the parachutist became stuck when he attempted to jump off of the broadcast tower belonging to the Nine Network of Public Media (PBS). Firefighters said the man was 120 to 130 feet above the ground. By Stephanie Baumer
SOUTH COUNTY (KMOV.COM) – Authorities rescued a parachutist after he was stuck on a unincorporated St Louis County broadcast tower for two hours Thursday night.
According to authorities, the parachutist, later identified as 27-year-old Timothy Church, became stuck when he attempted to jump off of the broadcast tower belonging to the Nine Network of Public Media (PBS). Firefighters said the man was 120 to 130 feet above the ground.
Crews free climbed up the tower in the cold while carrying around 30 pounds of equipment to help free Church.
Firefighters said Church was able to cut himself free from his parachute with a knife.
“He actually had a cell phone and was communicating with someone on the ground,” Mehlville Fire Chief Brian Hendrix said. “He was in a significant amount of stress due to suspension trauma, hanging in the harness for that long. But, all-in-all when we got him on the ground he was able to walk.”
Church and another man, 26-year-old Brandon Travis, are charged with trespassing on private property. Police said Travis helped Church access the site.
Chief Hendrix said it was a challenging rescue and frustrating for crews.
“For people to do things such as this and put our people in harms way, it is disturbing. It bothers us. When you’re standing on the ground and you’re responsible for the men and women that work every day its nerve wrecking. It is upsetting but at the end of the day it all worked out tonight.”
The tower is located near the intersection of Butler Hill and Tesson Ferry.