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Man slips off Ferris wheel in Davenport
WCFCourier.com ^ | Wednesday, August 3, 2005 | Deirdre Cox Baker

Posted on 08/04/2005 7:17:34 PM PDT by Aliska

DAVENPORT --- A developmentally disabled man riding the Ferris wheel Tuesday at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport slipped out of his car and dropped between the wheel's spokes before being rescued by six employees of Evans United Rides, which operates the ride.

Caleb Hill, 31, a slightly built man, was one of 120 clients of Davenport's Handicapped Development Center attending the first day of the fair called "Special Needs Day" at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. He was not seriously injured.

The dramatic incident was captured live by KWQC-TV6 in Davenport during its noon telecast, where the station was located to do a live report on the opening day of the fair.

(Excerpt) Read more at wcfcourier.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: davenport; dramatic; fair; ferris; ferriswheel; handicapped; mississippi; rescue; valley; wheel
Newsman at the scene caught the frightful fall and rescue by a worker who knew how to climb the supports on video, and local stations are playing it over and over.

Story is going national and they've had several requests for film footage.

I think the source is or near Cedar Falls, Iowa; couldn't find anything yesterday. Looked on qctimes website and kwqc just now, and still can't find it.

1 posted on 08/04/2005 7:17:36 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Iowa Granny; Keith in Iowa

ping


2 posted on 08/04/2005 7:20:09 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Aliska

What the hell is a "developmentally disabled man" doing on a ferris wheel?

Do we need posters that not only say you must be "this" tall, but also "this" bright?


3 posted on 08/04/2005 7:20:47 PM PDT by bikepacker67
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To: Aliska
Didn't this happen once on South Park?

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4 posted on 08/04/2005 7:24:07 PM PDT by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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To: bikepacker67

Wasn't there something a few years ago at Elitch Gardens in Denver about a "developmentally disabled person" who stood up on a ride and subsequently fell off?

Why are they knowingly putting people into situation that they are not able to handle.


5 posted on 08/04/2005 7:24:09 PM PDT by thompsonsjkc
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To: bikepacker67
What the hell is a "developmentally disabled man" doing on a ferris wheel?

Probably what we use to call a "Spaz".

6 posted on 08/04/2005 7:25:39 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: bikepacker67
He was about 31 or so years old and was on an outing from the Handicapped Development Center. A female caretaker was on the ride with him. When the wheel stopped to pick up some more riders, he got frightened and slipped or jumped under the bar. The caretaker held him by the shirt as long as she could, made more difficult by the fact that he was slippery from sun screen.

She performed heroically, because it bought enought time for the carnival worker to jump into action. The man finally slipped away from the woman's grasp, fell and temporarily lodged on another chair, then fell again and landed on one of the spokes precariously. By then the carnival worker had climbed up and grabbed ahold of him long enough before others got up there to help get him down.

I don't blame the center for taking the people out to the fair, but they'll probably reconsider which rides the people can go on. It really dampened the spirit for the rest of the afternoon. Kids especially were afraid to go on. People were screaming in shock and horror as the drama unfolded.

7 posted on 08/04/2005 7:27:49 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: bikepacker67
What the hell is a "developmentally disabled man" doing on a ferris wheel?

His do-good liberal handlers were giving him the opportunity to be scared to death.

8 posted on 08/04/2005 7:27:49 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: Aliska
"People enjoy Caleb; he's such a character, and you never know what shenanigans he'll pull," Wenndt said. "He's just happy-go-lucky and he makes you laugh."
9 posted on 08/04/2005 7:27:50 PM PDT by MRMEAN (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself. - Mark Tw)
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To: bikepacker67
Do we need posters that not only say you must be "this" tall, but also "this" bright?

ROTFLAMO

10 posted on 08/04/2005 7:29:58 PM PDT by konaice
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To: MRMEAN
"People enjoy Caleb; he's such a character, and you never know what shenanigans he'll pull," Wenndt said. "He's just happy-go-lucky and he makes you laugh."

Translation:

I get paid for being entertained by these retards.

11 posted on 08/04/2005 7:30:58 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
His do-good liberal handlers were giving him the opportunity to be scared to death.

Maybe so. Haven't heard of any talk about blame locally. Everybody seems so thankful he was only slightly injured.

12 posted on 08/04/2005 7:31:24 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN; Redcloak; thompsonsjkc
I get paid for being entertained by these retards

This is taking a direction I didn't expect.

Redcloak, I don't watch South Park.

Wasn't there something a few years ago at Elitch Gardens in Denver about a "developmentally disabled person" who stood up on a ride and subsequently fell off?

Why are they knowingly putting people into situation that they are not able to handle.

thompsonsjkc, I don't know and I don't know.

Every so often, I read about a tragedy at a fair or amusement park, but I don't recall the most recent one(s). We had a bad one locally when I was a kid, but I don't remember the details.

13 posted on 08/04/2005 7:38:15 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

Ya know, I hate PC (I blame it for a lot of crap in the world), but "retard" is a bit sophomoric, doncha think?.


14 posted on 08/04/2005 7:50:17 PM PDT by GOP_Proud (...when the Iraqi soldiers stand up, we will stand down...GWB)
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To: GOP_Proud


This is thread thread you read and hate yourself for snickering.


15 posted on 08/04/2005 7:53:56 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The story is true" - Dan Rather)
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To: Fido969


Only one "thread". Cripes, I'm retarded.


16 posted on 08/04/2005 7:54:45 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The story is true" - Dan Rather)
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To: GOP_Proud
Ya know, I hate PC (I blame it for a lot of crap in the world), but "retard" is a bit sophomoric, doncha think?.

Please extend to me the same poetic license that was used in the movie, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY.

17 posted on 08/04/2005 7:57:22 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: GOP_Proud
Ya know, I hate PC (I blame it for a lot of crap in the world), but "retard" is a bit sophomoric, doncha think?.

That's okay; just wait a few years, and "developmentally disabled" will be the "derogatory" phrase, as a new, more PC term takes its place.

Retard is just the shorthand for the next to last previously favored phrase, "mentally retarded", which was replaced by mentally disabled, which has been replaced by "developmentally disabled".

The current phrase for any "difference" or handicap becomes derogatory as soon as "less judgmental" and "less prejudicial" "non-stigmatizing" phrase comes along.

Works the same way with racial epithets, too. Today's slur is yesterday's accepted term; and, today's accepted term is tomorrow's slur.

A lot of "bigots' are just plain people who haven't kept up to date on pop-culture terminology...they still call a spade a shovel.

18 posted on 08/04/2005 8:04:08 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Marching Morons are coming...and they're breeding more Democrats beyond all reason!)
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To: ApplegateRanch

For some reason, it's always seemed to me that it is still acceptable to talk about the "mentally retarded" but the word "retard" is more offensive and insensitive. One could say "a retarded man was injured at the fair" and few would be offended, but if one said "a retard was injured at the fair" it would strike many as insensitive and rude.


19 posted on 08/04/2005 8:20:46 PM PDT by sassbox
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN

Um, no.
Also, according to the rules laid down by the regional center, if a consumer/client wants to go on a carnival ride, the direct care staff is not allowed to keep them from doing so.


20 posted on 08/04/2005 8:22:15 PM PDT by chae
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To: Aliska
Now the man can snag some well-paying gigs as a Ferris wheel safety spokesperson.

Leni

21 posted on 08/04/2005 8:27:00 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Aliska

Thank you for the great explanation.

We saw parents putting a handicapped young boy on the roller coaster at Astroworld in a seat by himself. We had just ridden the coaster and I could not wait to get off of it as it felt like I was in the middle of a car wreck.

After walking away, I went back to mention that the ride had been really hard on me and that it might hurt him - but they were all loaded. I sure hope he did ok.

The intent is wonderful - to give these people access to the fun regular people enjoy - since they miss so much. But, sometimes it fails.


22 posted on 08/04/2005 8:36:32 PM PDT by ClancyJ (Life is a God-given inalienable right to all Americans - not just the chosen ones.)
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To: sassbox

In England, someone with muscular dystrophy is a "Spastic", and celebrities raise money for spastic research without a second thought. I tend to side with Apple on this one. As soon as I get used to referring to a segment of society by one term, the PC crowd moves the goal posts. I'm tired of being guilted by Socialists. If he is so severely retarded that he needs constant care, what's wrong with the term?


23 posted on 08/04/2005 8:44:17 PM PDT by jonascord (What is better than the wind at 6 O'clock on the 600 yard line?)
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To: Aliska

May God forbid me but I just can't stop laughing! Evil journalist worded it this way on purpose.


24 posted on 08/04/2005 9:01:56 PM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors. Don't run with rocks. NRA)
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The intent is wonderful - to give these people access to the fun regular people enjoy - since they miss so much. But, sometimes it fails.

They used to be mostly locked into institutions where we didn't have to see them . . . where they were often abused . . .

My daughter worked for a time, as does another woman I know, working with these people, trying more to "mainstream" them, taking them out for awhile, and it is pitiful what some of them are like. As my mother used to say, "But by the grace of God, there go I." And yes, there was some kind of street incident a couple years ago. Bad things happen to all kinds of people. Off the soapbox now, but if we are pro-life, I guess we'd better put our money where our mouth is, and I would not have the patience to work with these people day after day. You can only imagine what parents who are trying to raise them go through.

I'm kind of shocked they'd put a handicapped boy on a roller coaster, you'd think one of them would have gone with. I've only ever ridden one of those mini ones, never had the courage to get on the really wild ones.

Yes, sometimes it does fail, and it is more government-funded programs, but I can't find it in my heart to criticize it unless they misuse the funds allocated to them.

I can't help thinking, percentage-wise, that there are more severely handicapped people now than when I was growing up, but that could be because they had to live in an alternate world, and I just remembered being taught by my parents not to stare at them or make fun of them when we did see some out in public. I think I said something like, "Daddy, what's wrong with that guy" (within his and the parents' earshot).

I hope the little boy was ok. You carried the memory of that evidently for a long time, your concern for him. Now the man can snag some well-paying gigs as a Ferris wheel safety spokesperson (MinuteGal)

The carnival worker said in all his about 40 years like this (may have been a slight exaggeration; he looked about late 40's or early 50's), he had never seen anything like this particular thing. Sometimes we (I kind of have done sometimes) tend to look down on them, he said he wouldn't want to do anything else, and sure got his 15 minutes of fame. He definitely risked his life for that person. I doubt any PhD's would have climbed that wheel. Just rescue squad people and one carnival worker who got there first.

Yeah, the handicapped young man got more than his 15 minutes. I hope they don't exploit him for it.

May God forbid me but I just can't stop laughing! Evil journalist worded it this way on purpose. (Mrs. Shawnlaw)

I can't laugh about any of it, but sometimes things do strike me as humorous when they don't warrant it, so I don't put you down for it. Maybe the reporter is a novice (it's not the NYT here and it's a paper probably about 80 miles away) so I'll cut her some slack, too. I had to google to even find it so I'd have a link, and it's been a top story here. She probably got incomplete info anyway.

Tried to respond to several in one post. In retrospect, I suppose it could turn into tragedy putting some handicapped people on a merry-go-round or bumper cars.

Personally, I outgrew all that stuff when I got horribly nauseous on that bullet thing or whatever it was in a shopping mall. Don't think I've gone on a ride since.

25 posted on 08/05/2005 7:16:38 AM PDT by Aliska
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To: ApplegateRanch

< Retard is just the shorthand for the next to last previously favored phrase, "mentally retarded", >

I disagree. I find "mentally retarded" and "retarded" acceptable. We all used those years ago in polite conversation. I still use them and I get the evil eye for it. I hate being PC.

"Retard", however, is used to make fun of the mentally retarded. "Retard" is used to hurt. There is a difference.


26 posted on 08/05/2005 4:59:43 PM PDT by GOP_Proud (...when the Iraqi soldiers stand up, we will stand down...GWB)
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To: Aliska

his do good liberal handlers do everything they can to help those with special needs do things that everyone else is able to. accidents happen to those with and those without special needs!


27 posted on 08/09/2005 4:38:04 PM PDT by excuseyou
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To: bikepacker67

have you ever had the pleasure of getting to know someone with a disability? by your comment, i would guess not. and by your comment i would guess that you are a very ignorant person


28 posted on 08/09/2005 4:40:26 PM PDT by excuseyou
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To: eddie willers

what? should they all be locked in padded rooms and kept away from society??? accidents happen to EVERYONE!!!!!!! don't judge someone who you don't even know!


29 posted on 08/09/2005 4:42:18 PM PDT by excuseyou
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To: chae

thank you!


30 posted on 08/09/2005 4:46:20 PM PDT by excuseyou
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To: excuseyou
My daughter was a do good handler of many of these people for quite awhile, can't remember why she left that job. It's depressing work. She brought many of her charges to my home so that I could meet them. You wouldn't want to trade places with any of them. One was autistic, and if you didn't watch him, he liked to take towels and things and hide them. He would stand in one spot usually and walk in place. I washed apples and gave them to him, and he ate them core and all!

My daughter voted for Bush, and if her life history known, she would make good liberal propaganda. She herself needs help, and the libs haven't helped her worth s***, which is just as well because I'm trying to help her see that being successful in life is not a measure of your real worth.

Count your blessings my friend.

31 posted on 08/09/2005 5:19:16 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: excuseyou
Your misguided compassion may just kill someone you are trying to "help". Sometimes "disabled" really does means NOT able.

No judgment on the afflicted, and its just a darned shame s/he has the malady, but common sense must prevail over reckless "compassion".

32 posted on 08/09/2005 6:03:21 PM PDT by eddie willers
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