19-year-old resuscitated after being struck by lightning in Florence

19-year-old resuscitated after being struck by lightning in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) A man is recovering after he was struck by lightning on Tuesday.

"About 6:35 p.m., during the storms that we were having, engine 141 responded to a man possibly stuck by lightning," Battalion Chief Ken Carr with the City Florence Fire Department said.

Carr said fire crews were called to large field behind Carver Elementary School.

Emergency Personnel said a group of young football players practice on the field. On Tuesday, storms rolled through the area and out of precaution the kids were taken off the field. Officials said the 19-year-old football coach was struck while helping to get the kids to safety.

"They saw a subject laying in a field with some people doing C-P-R on him," Carr said.

Florence Firefighters arrived to the scene before E.M.S. and begin administering C.P.R.

Florence County EMS Spokesman Billy Hatchell, said it was those actions that saved the man's life.

"Fire departments just don't respond to house fires and motor vehicle accidents. They are our medical first responders, too. They are very well trained, so when they get on scene before EMS they know what to do to start the medical treatment until EMS gets there," Hatchell said.

Officials said take cover anytime strong storms move through the area.

"Take cover, get to your vehicle. You never know when you are going to get struck by lightning. This was an accident. They were doing everything they were supposed to do to prevent this from happening, but it just happened," Hatchell said.

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