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    Media Advisory: F-15 Fighter Pilot to complete first flight after near fatal electrocution

    Media Advisory: F-15 Fighter Pilot to complete first flight after near fatal electrocution

    Courtesy Photo | U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jonathan Kassebaum, Commander, 125th Operations Support...... read more read more

    JACKSONVILLE, FL, UNITED STATES

    07.03.2020

    Courtesy Story

    125th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jonathan Kassebaum, Commander, 125th Operations Support Flight, will complete his first flight after an accident at his home on Oct. 25, 2019.

    Kassebaum was in the process of completing a re-wiring project in his backyard when his dog jumped in the family pool. Hearing distress, Kassebaum went after the dog not realizing that a grounded wire had been severed and the pool water was electrified. Feeling a zapping sensation, Kassebaum turned to get out of the pool, but became the electrical ground after grabbing onto the metal handrails.

    Unable to move from the waist down, Kassebaum called his daughter for help who ultimately called a work crew over to assist. The crew immediately cut off all power and pulled Kassebaum from the water; at this point he was completely submerged. Kassebaum remained lifeless with no heartbeat for nearly 12-minutes.

    On Monday July 6, 2020, Kassebaum will complete his first flight since the accident. Media is invited to attend his landing at the 125th Fighter Wing. Pilot will offer interviews immediately following.

    Schedule of events:
    12:00: Media arrival -- 14300 FANG Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32218
    12:25: Media should arrive no later than, late arrivals may not be accommodated
    12:45: Lt. Col. Kassebaum anticipated to land

    All times are approximate and subject to change.

    For more information please contact 2d Lt Brittianie Walko at brittianie.walko@us.af.mil, or Jacob Hancock at jacob.hancock.4@us.af.mil, (904) 741-7032 or after-hours at (904) 329-5436.

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    Date Taken: 07.03.2020
    Date Posted: 07.03.2020 18:40
    Story ID: 373384
    Location: JACKSONVILLE, FL, US 

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