Norton patrolman recounts reviving National Grid employee


NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Norton police patrolman said he was in the right place at the right time when he saw a National Grid employee fall out of a bucket truck onto live wires Tuesday.

Ptlm. Jim Cameron was conducting a road detail on West Hodges Street when the incident occurred.

“Just doing the road detail and looking up at the bucket,” Cameron said. “Saw a flash, the victim fell. Just ran and we got to working on him and brought him back.”

Police said the employee fell 35 feet from a bucket truck while working on a utility pole when he fell and hit electrical wires on his way to the ground.

Cameron, who has been with the department for 16 years, said he ran over to the utility worker and began CPR on the victim while the employee’s coworkers provided first-aid.

“To be part of a team that saved a life, it’s overwhelming. I can’t put it into words,” Cameron said.

Cameron was able to revive the employee who was then rushed to Rhode Island Hospital. Cameron visited the National Grid employee at the hospital on Wednesday and said he’s doing well.

While many are calling Cameron a hero, he believes he isn’t one.

“When we talk about heroes, heroes are the people who don’t come home and see their families again,” Cameron said. “I’m going to leave it at that.”

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