Dublin couple, officers hailed as heroes after power lines shock workers

Courtesy of: Melanie Amato

DUBLIN, Ohio (10TV) - A couple and two police officers are being hailed as heroes after helping two workers, who were shocked by power lines.

The incident happened on July 30. Painters were working at an apartment complex on Edinburgh Road when the 30-foot ladder they were using hit a power line.

Curtis and Mildred Kemp ran out to help, administering CPR until Dublin police officers arrived. From there, two officers helped using an AED before an ambulance took the men to the hospital. Both men were able to survive the shock, in big part, because of the quick response.

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On Monday night, Dublin City Council and the Dublin Police Department honored both officers and the couple for providing this life-saving aid. All four are being hailed as heroes, but they don't see it that way.

"I don't really see myself as a hero. I'm just grateful to be able to react and respond," said Curtis Kemp, neighbor. "The real hero is God - giving me, giving my wife the ability to sustain through that."

Officer Rigoberto Quintanilla from the Dublin Police Department added, "If it would have been any of the other six officers that were working that day that got there first, they would've done the exact same thing that I did. I just happened to be the first one to get there. I did what I was trained to do and helped save someone's life."

In acknowledgment of their actions, the Kemps received the Dublin Police Department Chief's Award of Excellence. The officers received the department's Life-Saving Award.