Rocco Morabito

Photographer Rocco Morabito won a 1968 Pulitzer prize for this photograph, “ Kiss of Life.” Apprentice lineman J.D. Thompson is breathing life into the mouth of another apprentice, R.G. Champion, who hangs unconscious after receiving an electric shock after coming in contact with a hot wire atop the utility pole.  (The Florida Times-Union, File)

Rocco Morabito won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot Photography for this photograph - “The Kiss of Life.”
Apprentice lineman J.D. Thompson is breathing life into the mouth of another apprentice lineman, R.G. Champion, who hangs unconscious after receiving a jolt of high voltage.
Morabito was driving on West 26th Street in July 1967 on another assignment when he saw Champion dangling from the pole. He called an ambulance and grabbed his camera.
Champion recovered.

Fotoğrafta gördüğümüz kişiler elektrik işçileri Randall Champion ve J. D. Thompson. İkili rutin bakımlarını gerçekleştirirken Randall Champion yanlışlıkla bir elektrik teline dokunuyor ve vücudundan tam 4000 volt akım geçiyor. Güvenlik kemeri sayesinde direkte asılı kalan Champion’a takım arkadaşı kalp masajı yapamıyor ama hayat öpücüğü veriyor. Nabzı atmaya başlayan ve hemen aşağıya indirilen Champion hastanede gördüğü tedavi sonrası sapasağlam hayatına devam ediyor.

Fotoğrafçı: Rocco Morabito, 1967

The Kiss of Life by Rocco Morabito.

This 1967 award-winning photo entitled “Kiss of Life” shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson, at the top of a utility pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. These are the lines that can be heard “singing” with electricity. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts).

His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder.

Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living. The photograph was published in newspapers around the world.

This 1967 Pulitzer award-winning photo entitled “Kiss of Life” shows a utility worker, J.D. Thompson, suspended on a utility pole and giving mouth to mouth resuscitation to a fellow lineman, Randall G. Champion, who was unconscious and hanging upside down after contacting a high voltage line. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living. This shot was taken by photographer Rocco Morabito (November 2, 1920 – April 5, 2009). 

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Greatest People Lived On Earth! The Kiss Of Life by Rocco Morabito 1968 Pulitzer Prize.

This 1968 award-winning photo entitled “Kiss of Life” shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson, at the top of a utility pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. These are the lines that can be heard “singing” with electricity. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts).

His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder.

Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living. 

Rocco Morabito : His 1967 award-winning photo entitled “Kiss of Life” showed a utility worker, J.D. Thompson, suspended on a utility pole and giving mouth to mouth resuscitation to a fellow lineman, Randall G. Champion, who was unconscious and hanging upside down after contacting a high voltage line. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living. The photograph was published in newspapers around the world.

The Kiss of Life (by Rocco Morabito, 1967)

This dramatic photograph was taken by photographer Rocco Morabito and it won a Pulitzer Price in 1968. It was tagged “Kiss of Life” by a Jacksonville Journal copy editor, appeared in newspapers around the world in 1967. The photo showed an apprentice electrical lineman, R.G. Champion, who had come into contact with a 4,160-volt line, being resuscitated by a fellow lineman, J.D. Thompson, as he dangled from the top of the pole. Champion lived through the ordeal and died of heart failure in 2002. Thompson is still living. Morabito took his famous photo when he was returning from covering a railroad strike. He used his car radio to tell the paper to call an ambulance, and after he got the shot he radioed again to tell the paper, which was nearing its deadline: “You may want to wait for this. I think I’ve got a pretty good one.” (Source)