“A bright blue flash arched across his back, and his body jerked away, slamming against the tree trunk. He bounced off the tree and back into the wires multiple times. Finally, his spikes got dislodged and he fell out of the tree, until his safety line snapped taut, leaving him dangling upside down like a broken-back doll.
“I thought he was dead, but a moment later, he started moaning. Then he screamed, ‘I’m on fire!’ We lowered him to the ground to the sound of sirens approaching; a neighbor had seen what happened and called the EMT.
“A nasty black mark curved across his back, and the current had surged down his legs and through his boot heels, seeking out ground. Both his heels were blown out. I quit at the end of the day.”