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n the evening of August 22, 2012, Task Force and Rescue 60 responded to a reported traffic accident on Magnolia Blvd near Ben Ave in North Hollywood. When they arrived on scene, they found that an auto had sheared a fire hydrant and a street light standard before coming to rest nearby. They also found two female victims, lying motion- less on the sidewalk beneath the water cascading from the hydrant. A crowd of onlookers had gathered, a few shouting that they had tried to rescue the women but had received shocks.


The


standard’s live wires were energizing the surrounding water.


The firefighters were informed that the


victims in the water were witnesses to the in- cident and were attempting to assist the auto accident victims when they went down. The husband of one of the would-be rescuers had entered the water but was forced to retreat when he was shocked. An agitated crowd of about eighty citizens was swarming the scene, simultaneously yelling at the firefighters to “not touch it, it’s energized” and “get in there and do something.” Despite the dangerous situation, the captains made a calculated decision to attempt


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sheared light


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