Post updated at 8:52 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25:
Much to the relief of concerned Lawrencians, Santa Claus was rescued from a department store rooftop Friday following the kickoff celebration of the holiday season in downtown Lawrence.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical firefighters came to the rescue when Santa, somehow inevitably, once again found himself trapped on the roof of Weaver’s Department Store, just after Massachusetts Street was illuminated with festive lights.
Santa declined multiple requests for an interview with Lawrence Times TV, citing a pressing need to get back to the North Pole to help the elves with their work. Our reporters were hoping to ask just how he manages to find himself on Weaver’s roof each year, let alone get trapped there. Perhaps next year.
Fortunately for the jolly fellow in crimson, the timing of his predicament could not have been better: LDCFM personnel that very morning happened to be training for such rescue scenarios.
With the help of the firefighters, Santa was able to climb from the rooftop and down LDCFM’s tall ladder safely.
Lawrencians can now breathe a deep sigh of relief and prepare for numerous other local holiday traditions.
Photos by August Rudisell
Lawrence Times photographer August Rudisell happened upon LDCFM’s serendipitous training Friday morning and snapped a few photos.