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Utility crews practice daring rescues in Elkhart

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Utility workers spent their Friday morning preparing to save lives in Elkhart.  Linemen with Indiana Michigan Power were getting recertified in bucket truck and pole top rescues.

The rescues are needed when a lineman is working at the top of a utility pole and losses consciousness or becomes trapped.  Another worker can be carried up in a bucket truck or may need to climb the pole themselves and carry the other worker down.

For the training, crews used life-sized dummies to practice the rescues.  You can see some of what they had to deal with in the video above.  We'll have more video from the recertification tonight on FOX28 News at 10.

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