Can't ground him yet

January 14, 2009 5:00:35 AM PST
Seventy-one-year-old flagpole climber Paul Reed has no intention of staying on the ground.

Firefighters had to rescue the contractor, who had been dangling from a 105-foot pole for about 20 minutes.

Reed was hired by a Richmond, Va., area auto dealer to change a cable on the pole.

His rope-and-board seating rig slipped, and Reed was left to twist in the wind.

Firefighters used a bucket ladder to bring him down.

Despite his mishap, Reed says he plans to keep climbing until he's 75.


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