The fascinating backstory to the famous image

In July 1967, photographer Rocco Morabito was driving to work on West 26th Street in Jacksonville, Florida. He passed some Jacksonville Electric Authority linemen doing routine maintenance on a utility pole.

He decided to take a break on his way home from his task to photograph the workers. When he approached the area where the workers were working, screams could be heard. There had been a horrible incident.

Randall G. Champion was the lineman at the top of the pole. While finishing off the maintenance, he managed to brush one of the lines at the top of the power pole.