NORTON — Police Officer James Cameron has been honored for saving the life of a utility worker in May.

Cameron, a 16-year member of the local police department, was presented with awards and proclamations at Thursday’s selectmen’s meeting.

The patrolman was working a routine road detail on Tuesday, May 21, with a utility crew on West Hodges Street when a 40-year-old lineman plunged 35 feet from a bucket, hitting a power line and suffering serious burns.

Cameron rushed to the victim. He was not breathing but was revived by Cameron and the lineman’s co-workers with CPR and first aid.

“This quick action performing CPR no doubt saved his life,” Police Chief Brian Clark said. “The guy was in tough shape. It’s really remarkable.”

Clark presented Cameron with a letter of commendation and the Norton Police Life Saving Award.

State Reps. Steven Howitt, R-Seekonk, and Jay Barrows, R-Mansfield, presented Cameron with a citation from the House of Representatives.

“What you’ve seen is the quality of first responders in Norton,” Howitt said.

Barrows added, “You’re a hero in everyone’s heart.”

Cameron visited the victim the day after the incident in Rhode Island Hospital. Remarkably, the lineman suffered no broken bones. Cameron had previously known him from other road details.

“His prognosis appears to be good,” Clark said.

The modest officer said he just was in the right place at the right time and credited his training and a team effort for saving the lineman’s life. Cameron had previously performed CPR several other times.

“It was a bad situation that had the best outcome it could,” Cameron said.

“We kind of take for granted everything they do,” he said. “They put themselves in harm’s way every day.”

Stephen Peterson can be reached at 508-236-0377.

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