He continued, remembering “And, all at once, he came to.” Uplift notes that after feeling for a pulse, J.D. was able to hoist Randall onto his shoulder and climbed to the ground, where he and another lineman performed further CPR. Eventually an ambulance showed up.
After the incident took place, Randall survived, having a skin graft on his foot. He lived for several more decades before passing away in 2002. The photographer, Rocco, is no longer alive.
Uplift notes that Thompson said, “A lot of people can’t believe it was 50 years ago. It’s hard for me to believe.” It’s hard to believe how such an unexpected moment can become so historical.
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