Joe Beasley, another lineman, ran another pole within the same block so when he saw his companion’s plight, he attempted to hurry to his aid, but tucked and fell down.
“Champion should have touch the live wire as they was creating a transfer,” Richardson stated.
R.G. Champion, hanging unconscious at left, apparently came in touch with a 4,160-volt line while using a crew within the 1600 block of West 26th Street. He was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital and the condition couldn’t be determined at noon today. Witnesses stated he endured burns to both his hands and ft.
A lineman for that Jacksonville Electric Department was seriously hurt today after entering connection with a warm line along with a fellow worker endured back injuries while trying to visit the assistance of his companion.
“After I blew into his mouth four occasions, he began gasping and appeared to return,Inches Thompson stated.
Jimmy Thompson, another city worker around the crew, were able to climb the pole where Champion was hanging by his safety belt. He along with other electrical workers decreased Champion down, where Thompson gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Editor’s Note: This story initially made an appearance within the Jacksonville Journal on This summer 17, 1967.