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Old 02-05-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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The Kiss of Life

I probably should have put this photo and story somewhere else, but it's too good to hide inside another post as far as I'm concerned.

The Kiss of Life by Rocco Morabito.

This 1967 award-winning photo entitled "Kiss of Life" shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson, at the top of a utility pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. These are the lines that can be heard “singing” with electricity. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts).

His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder.

Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living. The photograph was published in newspapers around the world.
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That is something special. Thanks for sharing it.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:43 AM   #3
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Great pic. Seen this one a few years back. It's amazing that Champion made it. Most folks that take a direct hit from that many volts don't live to see another day.

No doubt about it, his co-worker saved his life.
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