LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Four people are recovering in the hospital after receiving an electric shock in Lancaster.
The accident happened around noon Monday on a field at Lancaster High School. In the included picture, you can see the shock was so powerful and the heat was so intense that it left burn marks in the grass field.
The four people were cleaning up after a weekend football camp held by the Hammer Kicking Football Academy on the school's athletic field. They were carrying a 30-foot-tall metal goalpost on the field when it touched power lines. The shock was so powerful that it sent one male flying through the air.
The victims included a 15-year-old, a 17-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 28-year-old coach. The 15-year-old was not breathing and had no pulse after receiving the shock. Detective Keith Kerl and Officer Rob Cornell of the Lancaster Police Department knew they had to work fast.
"I immediately began CPR, had Officer Cornell who was with me go get the defibrillator. I continued doing CPR until he brought the defibrillator. We got it attached," Detective Kerl said. "There's not a better feeling in the world than when I meet that young man and let him know that the last time I saw him he was basically dead."
The defibrillators are carried in every Lancaster patrol car. For Officer Cornell, it was the first time he's had to use one outside of training.
"I just knew to go and hook the AED to the patient. And that's what I did. And it told me what to do," Officer Cornell said.
Doctors say time is critical.
Dr. Maude Dull of Women and Children's Hospital said, "The presence of a defibrillator early in a situation like this is a big deal if the patient actually has a cardiac arrest...will make a huge impact on whether they're going to survive and survive well."
Lancaster Superintendent Dr. Michael Vallely said, "Our thoughts, our concerns are with the families of those affected by the accident."
Dr. Vallely was only hours into his new position as Lancaster superintendent when his school became the story, as first responders rushed to Lancaster High School.
Former Lancaster Quarterback Ryan Radke visited one of the victims in the hospital. He said, "He was in great spirits, he was happy to see me and my friend that went to visit him, it looks like he was doing really good."
Two of the teen victims were taken to Erie County Medical Center and the 15-year-old was taken to Women and Children's Hospital. The two at ECMC are said to have non-life threatening injuries. The 15-year-old is said to be responsive. Police have not released the names of the teen victims at this time.
Authorities say Adam Tanalski, a former place-kicker for the University at Buffalo, is the injured adult. He's reported in serious condition.
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