12 Division police rescue two men drowning in elevator

It sounds like a B movie: a flood shorts out the elevator while it’s at the parking level; the water rises, ever upward, ever faster. There’s no cell signal, no way to call for help. The brown, roiling water lifts two passengers until there is just enough space at the top of their tomb to snatch breaths.

It’s a true story.

Klever Freire and his colleague Gabriel Otrin were working at a startup on Alliance Avenue when the flooding started. They went into the basement to save Friere’s car–and got trapped in the elevator.

With the water rising, Otrin was able to push the elevator hatch open just enough to get his cellphone through and get a signal. He called for help, and constables Ryan Barnett and Josh McSweeney, two of Weston’s finest, rushed to the scene.

With the water rising Barnett and McSweeney struggled to open the elevator doors, first trying their hands and then crowbars. The water was at Otrin and Freire’s necks when the police were able to get the doors open.


Constable Barnett said,

“The way I look at it is, every police officer would have done the same thing. On the radio we heard 12 Division officers going into the water to check vehicles for people in flood waters. We were in the right place at the right time to help them.”

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.