by Andrew Crisp
On the night of Sept. 13, Boise Fire Department firefighters on Engine Eight "Ocho" responded to a heart attack call in an apartment building near the corner of West Overland and Curtis roads. After assisting the patient, five minutes later, a red backpack containing $1,500 worth of rescue equipment was stolen from the cab of the Spartan fire engine.
What's worse, the pack contained gear used by a firefighter who, in March 2006, used the ropes and climbing equipment to rappel from the roof of a BODO hotel to save a construction worker dangling 11 stories above the pavement. The firefighter's peers nicknamed him "Hollywood" after all the attention the media gave the rescue. Inside the backpack is written the words "Hollywood Walker."
A witness called the police and described a shirtless man, perhaps in his early 20s, as being the culprit who made off with the 45-lb. backpack toward the direction of a large apartment complex.
The gear is used by members of the Boise Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and includes a rescue harness, a helmet with a headlamp, carabiners, blue rain jacket and black rain pants, white with brown striped gloves, safety goggles, elbow and knee pads, a radio chest pouch, a Leatherman Wave tool, and an air purifying respirator. Firefighters use the gear for high angle rescues and rappeling such as those off cliffs or high buildings.
The Boise Police Department is urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS, log onto 343cops.com, or text CRIMES (274637), subject: Tip236.