John J. Brosnan saved Edward Lengel and attempted to save Samuel Greenberg from burning, Hicksville, New York, May 21, 1981. Lengel, 53, and Greenberg, 54, were in the cab of a truck that crashed into a utility pole. The collision caused fire to break out in the truck’s engine compartment, and it also dislodged a 7,620-volt power line, which fell onto the truck and charged it. Brosnan, 27, foreman, ran to the driver’s door of the truck and opened it, receiving a shock in the process. He pulled Lengel from the cab. Unable to reach Greenberg, he ran to the passenger door where he received further electrical charges that knocked him to the ground unconscious. Greenberg was later removed; all three men were hospitalized.
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