Man gets stuck inside trash chute in NW DC

WASHINGTON — Mothers have told their children that nothing good happens after midnight. It’s a saying that many first responders can probably attest to with a story — or five — as well, and it served true for one man in the Gallery Place building in Northwest D.C. early Sunday.

But at least there was a happy ending.

D.C. Fire and EMS got a call around 3 a.m. about a man who was stuck inside a trash chute.

Typically, unless someone is running from the cops or a spurned lover, it’s hard to get inside such a chute. In this case, D.C. Fire told WTOP that the man they rescued dropped his cellphone down the chute and fell in when he lost his balance trying to find it.

Video posted online by the fire department showed a hose pumping fresh air into the chute while firefighters tried to figure out what to do about the situation.

In the end, there was no need for extensive renovation or drastic measures.

Firefighters simply tied a harness around the man and pulled him back out of the chute. A quick checkup determined the man was fine — physically at least — and didn’t need any further medical attention.

Watch the video of the rescue below.

John Domen

John started working at WTOP in 2016 after having grown up in Maryland listening to the station as a child. While he got his on-air start at small stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he's spent most of his career in the D.C. area, having been heard on several local stations before coming to WTOP.

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