Firefighters come to the rescue after police get stuck in Salt Lake City Public Safety Building

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SALT LAKE CITY — Those in the emergency services community typically have each others’ backs. Case in point: this assist by the Salt Lake City Fire Department after Salt Lake City police officers got stuck in an elevator Thursday.

Yes, the fire department responded to a report of police officers stuck in an elevator at the Salt Lake Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East, which they share. Nine people were on the elevator at the time.

Luckily, nobody was injured, officials reported. As seen in a video posted on Facebook by the fire department, everyone seemed to have a good laugh about it.

While there no injuries, some pride may have been broken. Salt Lake police responded to the video on Facebook, writing: “We can not confirm or deny that this happened (although the video does kind of confirm it😳😂)!”

The video itself has gone viral since it was posted Thursday evening, collecting over 345,000 page views and 6,000 shares within 16 hours of it being posted. Many others have joined in on the laugh.

“The annual softball game should be good,” one person joked.

“And the firefighters save the day!!! Did the cops pay them with donuts?” another added.

On Friday, Salt Lake Police Chief Mike Brown presented Salt Lake Fire Chief Karl Lieb doughnuts in appreciation of the rescue, which he jokingly played off as an "impromptu staff meeting in the elevator."

Needless to say, Salt Lake City's firefighters will have the leg up on playful ribbing for the foreseeable future.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for


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