Call to cops: `Guy stuck in window’ |

Call to cops: `Guy stuck in window’

Aspen Times Staff Report

“What a way to start the new year,” admitted longtime local Frank “Shorty” Wilcox, following the painful, but humorous pickle he found himself in yesterday afternoon.

After locking himself out of his motor home, parked at the Truscott Place apartments, the 7-foot-1-inch Wilcox attempted to snake through an upper window, using a ladder for support. But as he stretched for the keys just out of reach, the ladder gave way beneath his feet leaving Wilcox draped in a most precarious, halfway-in, halfway-out, position.

“It didn’t seem too funny at the time,” he said, “but I just stayed there and gutted it out.”

Observing Wilcox’s predicament, a passerby called police to report: “a guy stuck in the window of his trailer … look for a motor home with a person halfway out the window,” the police dispatcher said.

Two Aspen police officers, two Aspen firefighters and an ambulance crew responded to the unusual call, not knowing what to expect.

“So I was suspended there on my gut for about 20 minutes until the police came by and helped me out,” Wilcox said. “It was funny in a way, but I’m lucky I didn’t break a rib or something.”

The incident ranked among Aspen Police Officer Jim Cannan’s top four strangest calls. It “was quite funny,” he admitted.

“He was fine, he just needed somebody to left his legs up so he could squeeze on through,” Cannan said.

“I’m lucky I got out with nothing but a sore stomach,” Wilcox said. “I guess it was extremely funny to look at, but I’m not going to recreate it for anybody – no way. And I do want to thank the police for their patience and help; in Aspen you can always depend on the police and the fire department.”

“It didn’t seem too funny at the time.”

– Frank `Shorty’ Wilcox

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