A contractor died after he was found unresponsive on the roof of a theater and had to be rescued by firefighters in Antioch Thursday morning, authorities said.
The Antioch Police Department and Antioch Fire Department responded around 10:56 a.m. Thursday to the PM&L Theatre, 877 Main Street in Antioch.
Antioch Fire Chief Jon Cokefair said it was reported that a person was not breathing on the roof of the building.
Firefighters arrived on the scene in two minutes and confirmed that there was a male on a roof three stories above ground.
The man was not breathing and was pulseless. It was unclear how long the person had been down, Cokefair said.
Paramedics immediately began resuscitative efforts on the roof while additional fire crews prepared to remove the patient.
Firefighters used the department’s aerial ladder truck to lower the victim, who was in a stokes basket, to the ground.
Cokefair said paramedics continued the resuscitative efforts and transported the patient to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office confirmed that the man was pronounced dead in the emergency room after arriving.
Cokefair said the man was believed to have been working as a contractor on the HVAC system.
He suffered a medical emergency while on the roof, which caused to him to stop breathing, Cokefair said.
The coroner’s office said an autopsy is scheduled to be performed on the man, whose identity is being withheld, on Friday.