"Pure hell," he said in an interview with NBC affiliate WFLA Thursday. "Pure hell."
Next month, Benjamin would've celebrated his ninth year working at the Peterborough Apartment tower. But Wednesday, a smoke break at 4:30 in the morning changed everything.
A 96-year-old woman had put a step-stool up the window of her 16th floor apartment window and stepped off. In the darkness before dawn, Benjamin thought the body in the parking lot was a mannequin. April Fool's Day had just ended about four hours earlier, and he wrote it off as a joke.
Eventually, when a newspaper delivery driver and her son were making their rounds, Benjamin asked for help getting, what he thought, was a mannequin into the dumpster.
"I've just been a mess since," he said as he sighed. "I've called VA crisis line. I'm going to go over there and talk to somebody."
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