Famed Stuntman Scales SF Skyscraper

By Jessica Greene
|  Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010  |  Updated 7:29 AM PDT
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Firefighters helped Goodwin hang an American flag on the top of the building, presumably to help speed up the process so they could arrest the high-climbing daredevil.

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Don’t call him Spiderman. Dan Goodwin is a man with his own nickname – and mission.

The daredevil known as Skyscraper Man has left his mark on towering buildings around the world and on Monday, made an appearance -- and caused quite a scene -- in San Francisco.

Goodwin was spotted climbing the Millennium Tower in the City’s Financial District at about 2 p.m. He was climbing the 58-story building with no ropes and did not have permission for the stunt.

Dozens of people watched from the ground. Cops shut down Mission Street between Fremont and Beale and the fire department’s heavy rescue team was called in as a precaution.

Goodwin ignored orders to stop climbing and instead steadily made his way up the side of the building with a series of suction cups. He was about halfway up by about 4 p.m.

Officers and firefighters were waiting at the top of the building for Goodwin and arrested him when he made a safe landing at just about 5:30 p.m.

Goodwin carried an American flag to hang at the very top of the building, something he’s been known to do as part of his mission of trying to draw attention to the safety of skyscrapers. Firefighters helped Goodwin hang an American flag on the top of the building, presumably to help speed up the process so cops could arrest him.

A known daredevil, Goodwin has been known to shut down downtown areas as he scales skyscrapers. He usually chooses a holiday – like Labor Day. He has made his way up the 110-story Sears Tower, The World Trade Center and John Hancock Center in Chicago. He’s also scaled Yosemite’s El Capitan numerous times.
 

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