Firefighter in stadium lightning strike now stable

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio firefighter who went into cardiac arrest when lightning struck outside a soccer stadium has been upgraded from serious to stable condition and transferred to a hospital for rehabilitation.

Authorities believe the off-duty firefighter was struck by lightning while attending a charity event before an MLS game at Crew Stadium in Columbus on June 28.

A spokeswoman for the Columbus Division of Fire says in a statement that Lt. Stu Tudor faces extensive rehabilitation work but has been breathing on his own and opening his eyes to stimuli.

The president of the local firefighters union told The Columbus Dispatch shortly after the lightning strike that the 54-year-old firefighter had been put in a medically induced coma while doctors assessed his injuries.

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