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Students trapped in elevators rescued

Photo by Tasha Andersen -- Emily Pilmer, a senior studying art education and student who has personally been stuck in an elevator, said she is worried the elevator will be out of order during a time when she really needs it. Pilmer said she has been injured in the past, causing her to need the service elevators provide.
Photo by Tasha Andersen — Emily Pilmer, a senior studying art education and student who has personally been stuck in an elevator, said she is worried the elevator will be out of order during a time when she really needs it. Pilmer said she has been injured in the past, causing her to need the service elevators provide.

Security and maintenance staff have rescued students from broken elevators twice in May.
Emily Pilmer, a senior studying art education, said she was in an elevator with her peers when it broke down.
“A handful of us, maybe 10, got into the elevator. We fit comfortably and were underweight. We were going down and it stopped. We freaked out, and pushed the ‘Call for help’ button,” Pilmer said.
Pilmer said that about 15 minutes later a maintenance worker helped them climb out of the elevator using a ladder.
“All of us stayed pretty calm and relaxed. We didn’t ever fear for our lives or think we were in serious danger,”     Pilmer said.
Kyle Williams, the campus maintenance and operations facilities manager, said that BYU-Idaho, as a facility of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is encouraged to reduce costs.
“We follow Boyd K. Packer when he says, ‘Use it , wear it out, make do or do without,’” Williams said. “Sometimes we’re stretched pretty thin.”
Williams said campus elevators have issues because they are overused.
“The elevators are designed for use by occants [who] cannot normally take the stairs. that’s the whole intention of an elevator. It’s installed with that functionality,” Williams said.
Williams said that if students are stuck in a broken-down elevator, they should use the emergency phone to contact campus police.
“The car is designed for safety; it’s not going to drop. There’s no real danger, it’s simply stopped,” Williams said. “Don’t try to jump and down to get the car moving. That’s not going to help. It just stresses the system even more, and that leads to more repairs.”
Williams said that he wants students to be more respectful of the elevators.
“I know college students have a tendency to want to have fun in an elevator, and that add[s] costs. We’re in the business of trying to be frugal,” Williams said.

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