Man Passes Out On Federal Courthouse Flagpole

An elderly man is recovering this evening after passing out on a flag pole this afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the federal courthouse in Yakima just after noon after a man passed out while working on a flag pole.

Crews say the man was apparently dehydrated and blacked out, falling from his harness and hanging upside down.

Teams were able to rescue the man in a matter of minutes.

One witness says he watched the whole event take place.

"I thought he was falling off the pole at first, I thought his harness gave way and he was falling off the pole." said Brent Journeay, "But when he flipped, and was hanging there, I knew he wasn't falling off the pole at that point."

Firefighters say the man did not suffer any serious injuries, he was taken to the hospital to be treated.