HEROES: High Rescue

High in the gusty November sky, painting the top of the 165-ft. smokestack of the Wagner Brewery at Granite City, Ill., Steeplejack Bert Bareiter looked down and saw that the wind had fouled his hoist rope around a guy wire 60 ft. below. He climbed down hand over hand to untangle the rope. At this point occurred a horrifying industrial accident, followed by a notable act of industrial heroism.

Just as he was about to reach the tangle Bareiter lost his grip, spun out into space. There was a grinding wrench as the hoist...

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