Firefighters hoist 600-pound man from his home

October 14, 2008 5:26:26 AM PDT
A man who weighs an estimated 600 pounds has been rescued from his Long Island home after falling and struggling alone for two days to telephone for help.

Authorities say they had to use saws to dismantle one wall of David Schock's modular home in Calverton because the 57-year-old was too large to be removed through the front door.

A fire official says that at least 10 firefighters hoisted Schock onto a custom-built wooden backboard designed for large people.

Authorities say he was taken to a nearby hospital about 10:12 p.m. Sunday, hours after firefighters got to his home. His condition was not immediately available.

Neighbors say Schock was reclusive, and that his health had deteriorated recently. They say he had been getting around on a wooden box with wheels.