Tulsa Tower Guy returns to ground

Updated:  The man that perched atop the tower outside FOX23 studios for six days, William Sturdivant, is back on the ground as a retired Tulsa Police negotiator helped get him into a rescue bucket just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tyrone Lynn went up into the fire department rescue bucket around 11:15 a.m.  He spoke to William for seven and a half hours, giving him small amounts of water; at one point even trying to pull William into the bucket but William pulled away.

Lynn is retired from the force and had been hailed for his work at TPD; he was called in specifically to help bring William down safely.

Sturdivant had been on the tower since last Thursday morning, spending a total of 127 hours and 40 minutes about 150 feet in the air.

Up until now, Sturdivant refused all rescue attempts with a fire department ladder and platform.

The curious may now go home.