Rescued flagpole painter plans to return to work

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Seventy-three-year-old Warren Hinrichs plans to return to work painting flagpoles despite passing out and having to be rescued from the pole atop the federal Courthouse in downtown Yakima.

He blames the heat Monday for slipping upside down and requiring help from firefighters.

The Spokane man told the Yakima Herald-Republic (http://bit.ly/1k9qhct ) he's painted more than 5,000 flagpoles across the West in the past half-century.

He'll have to wait for his next job, though. Firefighters collected his rigging for evidence in a state Department of Labor and Industries investigation.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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