OVER THE EDGE OFFERS A DAREDEVIL THRILL FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Over The Edge

More than 60 locals are preparing themselves for a big day Saturday when they’ll scale one of Tuscaloosa’s tallest buildings and head back down strapped to the side.

Those would-be daredevils include WVUA 23’s Lynn Brooks and Gary Harris, and it’s all for a good cause: Supporting Youth for Christ.

The high-profile fundraiser offers an interesting goal for said fundraisers, and that’s rappelling down The Tower in downtown Tuscaloosa.

But doing something so extraordinary is part of the ordinary for firefighters.

“There’s a difference in fear of heights and trusting your equipment,” said Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue’s Jeremy Shaw.

And of course he’d say that, because he rappels just about every week and leads training for it as part of Tuscaloosa’s Technical Rescue Team.

“We’ve used it in the woods,” he said. “Maybe somebody down in a deep ravine gets hurt or something. You have to have a rope system to get them up to the top.”

Over the Edge starts Saturday at 11 a.m., at The Tower, which is located at the intersection of University Boulevard and Greensboro Avenue.

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