Distraught Man Refuses To Climb Down From Water Tower For Hours

September 23, 2017

A man that was extremely distraught over a judge’s domestic order climbed a 100-foot tall water tower in Flomaton Friday night, before finally climbing down over three hours later.

The man climbed about 30 feet up the water tower near the Flomaton Baptist Church  shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday. An individual reported to Flomaton Police that they had received a call from the man threatening suicide.

He then climbed much higher to a walkway just below the main water tank. After a short period of time, he continued his climb to the circular walkway around the water tank.

The man could be heard yelling about a court order recently issued by a judge dealing with perhaps his wife and child. He became extremely agitated at times, making demands that the fire chief go home. He also demanded to be left alone and was upset over fire trucks being on the scene.

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At one point, he stood on the handrail, peering down at the ground. He also climbed to the very top of the tower before returning to the walkway.

First responders attempted to talk the man down, at one point putting a female acquaintance on the public address system to beg him to climb down.

About 12:30 a.m., he descended a ladder to about 25 feet above ground level. Flomaton police officers moved in closer, continuing negotiations  to talk the man down.

About 1 a.m., the man climbed down to the ground and sat down on a concrete tower base. He appeared to finish a cigarette before being led to a patrol car by police.

Flomaton Police Chief Brian Davis said the man was voluntarily taken to an Alabama hospital  for evaluation. His name has not been released.

The response to the incident included not only the Flomaton police and fire departments, but also Escambia County (FL) EMS, a tower truck from the Ferry Pass Station of Escambia (FL) Fire Rescue, and a special operations rescue team from Escambia County (FL) Fire Rescue.

A large crowd, estimated to be a few hundred people at one point, gathered along Highway 29 to watch the incident unfold.

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6 Responses to “Distraught Man Refuses To Climb Down From Water Tower For Hours”

  1. Women of God on September 24th, 2017 8:28 am

    I would tell any person it is not worth it. There is nothing more precious than your life. While you are gone on the world still turns. That person stills moves on with there life. We all are going to leave this oh sinful world one day as God says he would be coming back for a Church without a spot of wrinkles. He was talking about us not the Church itself. Live life to the fullest while you can still do so.

  2. Trocarman on September 24th, 2017 7:56 am

    A sick man full of drama got the attention he wanted.

  3. Dennis on September 24th, 2017 6:34 am

    C.W. there would have been a crowd watching 5, 10, 20 30 years ago, Just didn’t have phones with cameras 10, 20, 30 years ago.

  4. CW on September 23rd, 2017 10:02 am

    A crowd of a few hundred people watching? Let me guess, most of those people had their phones out taking video? Maybe they also need to be evaluated at a mental health facility. Very sad what our society has become.

  5. Grand Locust on September 23rd, 2017 5:58 am

    Thumbs up for getting the man down, and getting him help. This is the kind of police work which needs to be praised, and hopefully he can get help and become a productive citizen again without filling another jail cell unable to support himself or family.

  6. something bigger on September 23rd, 2017 5:37 am

    I do not know where to begin. This sounds like an all around sad incident which involved some extremely private matters. This man and family (wife/child) needs prayers and support.

    If you ever feel alone or on the edge, know that you are loved and cared for. If you are unable to reach out to someone close to you, you can call the national suicide hotline for support. 800-273-8255.

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