Tulsa Tower Climber Finally Comes Down
August 17, 2011 at 3:59 AM (PT)
The TULSA tower climber is finally down. Last FRIDAY (NET NEWS 8/12), ALL ACCESS reported that a man climbed a 300-foot tower outside the KOKI-TV (FOX23) and CLEAR CHANNEL/TULSA studios and refused to come down. A retired TULSA Police negotiator coaxed WILLIAM STURDIVANT into a rescue bucket just after 6:30p TUESDAY.
FOX 23-TV reports, "TYRONE LYNN went up into the fire department rescue bucket around 11:15a TUESDAY. He spoke to WILLIAM for seven-and-a-half hours, giving him small amounts of water; trying to encourage him, touching his hand or face at times, and at one point even catching WILLIAM when he passed out briefly. LYNN is retired from the force and had been hailed for his work at TPD; he was called in specifically to help bring WILLIAM down safely. LYNN says he believed he gained WILLIAM's trust when he began talking about children. WILLIAM STURDIVANT has one child, and another on the way, friends said."
STURDIVANT had been on the tower since last THURSDAY morning, spending a total of 127 hours and 40 minutes about 150 feet in the air.