Lieutenant Christopher Cooke of the Brooklyn Fire Department has filed a lawsuit after he was injured at the firehouse last March. The 50-year-old firefighter jumped into action when a fire was called in, only to slam into the ground after being unable to grip the slippery fire pole.
The day the accident occurred the Avenue U firehouse was being cleaned. Unbeknownst to Cooke, someone had splashed water on the fire pole, making it slicked and slippery. When a call for a fire came in, Cooke leaped into action and attempted to slide down the pole. He was unable to control his fall due to the wetness on the pole, and smashed into the floor. As a result of his fall he fractured his lower spine.
The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
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