Window Washer Can’t Wait To Return to Job

NEW YORK (AP) -
Juan Lizama (L) answers questions during a news conference as co-worker Juan Lopez looks on, Friday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Juan Lizama (L) answers questions during a news conference as co-worker Juan Lopez looks on, Friday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

A window washer who was left dangling from a tilting World Trade Center scaffold said that he would go back tomorrow if asked, but his co-worker said he would prefer a more earthbound assignment.

“This job’s given me everything for my family, everything for me,” Juan Lizama said when asked if he would go back to washing windows at the nation’s tallest skyscraper after being stuck there Wednesday. “That’s why I say G-d bless America. I’m very happy to be here.”

Lizama’s co-worker Juan Lopez noted that not every window washer has to work hundreds of feet in the air.

“Ground-floor jobs. … I will probably do that,” Lopez said.

The scaffold carrying Lizama and Lopez plunged into an almost vertical position outside the 104-floor tower when a cable suddenly loosened. Firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pull the men to safety after more than an hour.

Both men said they panicked at first but knew they would be safe once they saw firefighters.