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“She was a very brave little girl,” says Circleville, Ohio, Police Chief Wayne Gray. The 11-year-old girl had accepted a ride in a bucket lift from an electrical contractor. Electrician Jeremiah Webb took her up to about 30 feet — where he hit the overhead power lines. The shock threw Webb from the bucket, and he landed on a parked car. An autopsy will be performed to determine if he was killed by the electrical shock, or the fall. The girl was uninjured, but had to wait in the bucket watching over the scene until the power could be cut off, and an electrical company lineman could rescue her with his own bucket truck. And why was he giving the girl the ride? To show her how a bucket truck works, Gray said. (RC/Columbus Dispatch) ...More pointedly, he showed her how electricity works.
Original Publication Date: 26 October 2014
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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