A. F. Mulder rescued William E. Grotenhuis from electric shock, Alton, Iowa, April 17, 1962. Grotenhuis, 41 electrician, was installing a conduit pipe beneath a platform which was 12 feet above the ground and mounted between two utility poles. On the platform were three transformers, each of which had an uninsulated cable extending from one side to overhead cables carrying 6,600 volts of electricity. Mulder, 60, mechanic, to help Grotenhuis and was on a ladder beside the platform. Grotenhuis stepped onto the opposite side of the platform and started to walk along the narrow space beside the transformers. He came into contact with some charged part of the equipment and sustained an electric shock, which left him helpless. He remained standing, clutching an uninsulated cable with one hand. Mulder stepped onto the platform, took several steps, and lunged headlong toward Grotenhuis in order to knock him forcibly free of the contact. Mulder also sustained an electric shock, and both men fell from the platform to the ground. Other workmen arrived and removed the two men to a hospital. Grotenhuis recovered from extensive burns, but one arm is partially disabled. Mulder recovered from burns on his thigh and one hand, although the thumb had to be amputated.
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