Fulgencio Pimental, Jr., died rescuing Lloyd D. Seal from electric shock, Oceanside, California, March 11, 1961. While he and many other firemen were fighting a blaze in a lumber yard, Seal, 34, fire department captain, fell across an uninsulated high-tension line that had fallen in a street, sustained shock, and was unable to get clear of it. Spectators warned each other to stay back. Disregarding these warnings and saying that he was going to try to free Seal from the wire, Pimental, 25, cook, immediately ran 75 feet to within eight feet of Seal and stopped. Pimental, standing close to the charged wire and in water several inches deep next to the curb, turned partly around and then fell backward over the line. He grounded the charge so completely that Seal was freed of sufficient current to enable him to roll clear. The line soon was deactivated, but efforts to revive Pimental failed. Seal suffered severe burns, which necessitated amputation of both legs.
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