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Reporter Turns Hero

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Reporter Turns Hero

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WHEN THE CRANE CAME DOWN

A reporter's recent heroics at the scene of a water-tower collapse suggests that Superman no longer works at the Daily Planet as Clark Kent but at the Times-Republican in Marshalltown, Iowa, under the identity of Bryan Schultz, rookie reporter.

Schultz, 28, had been on the job barely two weeks when he was presented with the typical cub reporter's cookie-cutter assignment, to cover the raising of a water tower in nearby New Providence. But Schultz, an ex- Navy seaman with an "aw, shucks" manner, soon found himself taking more than notes and photos, as the 50,000-gallon water tank, the crane raising it, and three workers suddenly came crashing to earth from a height of about 100 feet.

After briefly scurrying to safety, Schultz took charge of the scene, administering CPR to one of the three workers, comforting another, and instructing others at the scene not to move any of the injured. The first ambulance did not appear for 20 to 30 minutes. A sheriff who arrived at the disaster site expressed his surprise in finding the emergency response being run by a reporter. "He said, 'I take back everything bad that I said about the press,'" reports Times-Republican Publisher Mike Schlesinger, chuckling. …

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