As reported 46 years ago in the pages of The Columbia News, Thursday, Aug. 18, 1960:
Joe David Albert, of Grovetown, escaped serious injury due to the alertness of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Griffin, of Harlem, and Jerry Pearson and Jimmy Tankersley, of Appling.
Albert climbed a power pole at Dairy Queen restaurant and came in contact with 4,600 volts of electricity. The area around Albert "lit up like a Christmas tree" and he fell to the ground.
It was thought that Albert was dead when he hit the ground, but due to knowledge and calmness on the part of Bill Griffin and Jerry Pearson, Albert's mouth was pried open and they began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which enabled Albert to breathe again and saved his life.
Albert was taken to University Hospital in Augusta for treatment of injured arms, pelvis and third-degree burns.
It is hoped that through this tragedy that those who have heard about it will learn a lesson and thus not engage in any practical jokes or be in places where they have no right to be.
Fire marshal meet
Pat Blanchard, Mary Whitaker and Claudia Tucker will represent Columbia County at Georgia's Fourth annual Junior Fire Marshal Conference to be held at the Future Farmers of America camp at Lake Jackson from Aug. 21-27, state Fire Commissioner Zack D. Cravey announced.
The 450 delegates from practically every high school in the state were chosen by their county and school authorities.
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