James E. Carmichael attempted to rescue Thomas A. DuFour from electric shock, Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 16, 1974. While working on a utility pole to which both high and low-voltage power lines were attached, DuFour, 25, received an electric shock and fell unconscious to a position with his body in contact with a high-voltage line while.his feet were on a transformer on the pole. Carmichael, 27, lineman, was in a work bucket on an arm attached to a service truck beside the pole. He attempted to remove DuFour, whose body was smoking and who then dropped onto both high and low-voltage lines. Carmichael, wearing heavy rubber gloves, lifted DuFour from the lines and placed him on the transformer. In some way Carmichael received electric shocks in his arms; and he lapsed into a semiconscious state in the bucket. He was lowered to the ground and taken to a hospital for treatment of burns he had sustained. DuFour was removed from the pole but was dead. 54114-6133
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James E. Carmichael, Jr., 59, of Lisbon, Conn., died on Feb. 24, 2007, at the Pendleton Health Care Center in Mystic, Conn.
He was born on July 20, 1947, in Cambridge, Mass., son of James E. Carmichael, Sr. and Mildred (Baker) Carmichael. On Nov. 8, 1969, he married Linda Parmelee in Chicopee, Mass.
Carmichael worked at Cambridge Electric as a lineman. He was an Air Force veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.
(Edited from an obituary published at legacy.com.)