Hatzola praised for pupil rescue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 20, 2012

Emergency rescue workers have praised the bravery of a Hatzola medic who scaled the side of a Jewish school building to rescue a student who had plunged from scaffolding.

Nussi Burns was first on the scene at the Etz Chaim Boys’ School in Crumpsall, Manchester, last Thursday.

He climbed scaffolding without safety equipment to reach a 13-year-old boy who fell 20 feet on to a lower platform, having climbed out of a second floor window on to adjacent scaffolding.

Twenty emergency services personnel, including three ambulances, two fire crews and another response vehicle with hydraulic lift, were dispatched to the 100-pupil independent secondary school.

The boy was taken to Manchester Central Children’s hospital, where he was treated for a broken rib and minor back and arm injuries.

Praising Hatzola, a Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said the Jewish medics “arrived on the scene first, helping to stabilise the boy’s condition”.

Workmen had been removing scaffolding after roofing work and it is understood the pupil gained access through the window during break time.

Last updated: 12:33pm, September 20 2012