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Off-duty EMT helps save firefighter struck by lightning

The off-duty firefighter was hit at a soccer game, and early CPR played a part in his survival; he is in critical condition

By EMS1 Staff

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The quick actions of bystanders and an off-duty EMT helped keep an off-duty firefighter alive after he was struck by lighting and went into cardiac arrest at a soccer game.

Lt. Stu Tudor of the Columbus Fire Department was struck by a bolt in the parking lot of Crew Stadium Saturday night while attending a game to help raise money for a charity event, ABC reports

Off-duty EMT Adrienne DeLeon had just arrived at the game with her father, when she heard the loud crack and saw a group of people gathered around Tudor. Someone had already started chest compressions, and DeLeon took over until EMS arrived. She helped establish an airway before he was transported to the hospital.

“People jumped into action right away and it was from that point forward kind of a group effort,” DeLeon said. “And that’s one thing I hope this family really knows, is that there were people here for him.”

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Shaylee Mckeever Shaylee Mckeever Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:09:22 AM When was this?
Bobby Wall Bobby Wall Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:10:08 AM Last week.
Gary Weaner Gary Weaner Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:10:09 AM Nice thinking Miss Adrienne DeLeon ..
Paige Triplett Ridenour Paige Triplett Ridenour Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:11:05 AM Saturday 6/28
Shaylee Mckeever Shaylee Mckeever Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:14:17 AM Oh ok.
John Zahn John Zahn Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:15:20 AM Training kicks in. Bet she never gave it a second thought
Stephanie Womack Stephanie Womack Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:38:51 AM Great Job Deleon!!
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Thursday, July 03, 2014 3:51:25 PM God created EMS so firefighters could have heroes. ; )
Wayne Everingham Wayne Everingham Friday, July 04, 2014 7:49:24 PM They often show at our fire calls & are there in case they are needed by one of our guys or girls. They definitely have our back!

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