Kenneth D. Phillips rescued James W. Miller from electric shock, El Dorado, Arkansas, January 21, 1965. Miller, 29, dairy route supervisor, and Phillips, 24, tire salesman, were inspecting tires on dairy trucks in a parking lot where each vehicle was connected to an electrical outlet to operate its refrigeration unit. The men were unaware that one truck was charged with electricity due to a short circuit. When Miller in a crouched position grasped the metal radiator guard of one truck and placed his other hand on the fender of the charged truck, he received an electric shock which left him helpless. With his body rigid and his head thrown back, he gasped for breath. Phillips took hold of Miller, received an electric shock, and was unable to free his hands. With great effort he broke away by pushing against the radiator guard with one foot. Phillips fell to the ground within inches of the charged truck. He got to his feet in the narrow space between the trucks and kicked at Miller’s shoulder but could not free him. He kicked with greater force, and Miller moved downward slightly. Phillips then used full force, lifting both feet off the ground as he pushed Miller’s shoulder downward and broke his contact with the charged truck. Phillips stumbled toward the truck but did not touch it. He revived Miller. Both men recovered from burns they had sustained.
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