Scott Baer rescued Bernard N. Rossi from electric shock, Milan, Illinois, June 24, 1977. Rossi, 62, was steadying some cast-iron pipe suspended from a crane on a truck moving slowly down a dirt lane in a forest preserve. When the truck’s boom touched an overhead power line and the vehicle stopped, Rossi was frozen to the charged metal in a standing position, the crane still in contact with the line. Scott, 16, high-school student, stepped to behind Rossi and extended his arms around him without touching him. Scott felt an electric shock as, in one movement, he clasped his hands together and jerked Rossi free of the charged metal. Rossi required hospitalization for electrical burns.
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