Firefighter Hit By Lightning Upgraded To Serious Condition


A Columbus firefighter has been upgraded to serious condition after he was struck by lightning over the weekend.

Lt. Stu Tudor remains hospitalized at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

The officials say they are grateful to a bystander who performed CPR on Tudor until help arrived.

Tudor had just finished a charity soccer game to raise money for fallen or injured police officers and firefighters on Saturday.

Witnesses say they saw him head into the parking lot and when they heard a large "pop."

10TV obtained the 911 calls that were made.

Caller: We were walking in and this guy got struck by lightning.
Dispatcher: OK, sir, are you with him right now?
Caller: There's people working on him right now, he's not breathing.

Steve Hanes says Tudor was right behind him and his friends.

Hanes says he immediately started chest compressions.

"He was completely unresponsive, face down on top of his umbrella,” said Steve Hanes “I got over there, and rolled him over, and checked for a pulse. No pulse - he wasn't breathing, so he was obviously in cardiac arrest."

Hanes, an EMT, says he just did what he was trained to do. Fire officials say his actions may have been lifesaving.

"I'm sure there were five or six other people around there who knew CPR. I just happened to be the first one to get to him,” said Hanes

And Hanes says he also knows how close he came to possibly getting hit.

"That happened right back behind us. It could have been any of us,” said Hanes.