By Alex Stillwagon
5 November, 2004 -- Three
JSU students who got stuck in the service elevator at JSU's
Houston Cole Library Friday night around 8:30 were rescued
after about half an hour.
Donald Johns, and Phillip Cruce were on the way down from
the 11th floor after finishing a catering job when the elevator
suddenly stopped, trapping them between the fifth and sixth
Police Officers, Officers Faun, Meier, and Turley, responded
to rescue the students. The students were told to wait approximately
30 minutes for a local elevator repairman to arrive.
After waiting about 20 minutes, Donald Johns escaped through
the car's service door in the ceiling.
it in movies and I figured I could try it," he said.
got out and on top of the elevator he released the outer
doors and was able to get onto the sixth floor. The remaining
students were then assisted by the UPD before the repairman
What did they talk about in the stuck lift? Mr. Johns said
of Ms. Estes, "She was a blessing. We talked about God while
we were in there." He said the incident has left him with
said she was just glad to get out.
Officers said a report would be filed. The elevator repairman
was at work when the students left.
occurred on the service elevator, not on one of the main lobby