Utah Teens Struck By Lightning - News - @ JEMS.com


Utah Teens Struck By Lightning

Boys were later flown to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.


 
 

PAT REAVY and LANA GROVES, Deseret New | | Wednesday, October 6, 2010


ST. GEORGE - Two 17-year-old boys were flown to a Las Vegas hospital in critical condition after being struck by lightning while standing outside Snow Canyon High School on Tuesday.

The incident happened about 3 p.m. The teens were standing near a pine tree on the north side of the school when they were struck, said St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding. The tree was unscathed, he said.

The boys, a junior and senior at the school, were knocked to the ground. A principal, two vice principals and a resource officer who was visiting from another school, started CPR and then carried the boys inside the building where they continued CPR for 4-5 minutes, said Brad Ferguson, a Washington County School District spokesperson.

Medical personnel arrived on scene and continued CPR on the boys later identified by Washington County school officials as Alex Lambson and Christopher "Dane" Zdunich. They were transported by ground ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center and later flown to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas where they were listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Friends of the injured teens showed up at the St. George hospital and a crisis team member from Washington County School District visited with those students. Officials said clergy members are staying in contact with the families of the victims and will notify school district officials if anything changes in the boys' conditions. "The principal will keep school officials and students informed," Ferguson said. Family members of Zdunich told the Deseret News they are praying for Dane's survival and recovery Tuesday night. "We have grave concern for his well being," said Joe Zdunich of St. George. "We're saying prayers for him."
The last fatal victim of a lightning strike was in 2005 when two Boy Scouts on a camping trip in Utah's Uintah Mountains were struck by lightning in a three-sided shelter tent. Scout leaders with CPR training were able to revive one of the victims, but the second one, 15-year-old Paul Ostler of Salt Lake, was pronounced dead on scene.

The most recent injury caused by lightning was a 12-year-old girl injured August 2010 during a football game. The lightning struck about 100 yards away but knocked her to the ground, leaving her with minor injuries.



Copyright © 2013 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, lightning, bystander CPR, cpr

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

FEBRUARY 25-28, 2015

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland USA
THE SHOW IS OPEN!

WEATHER REPORT


 

 

 

 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Wesleyan Students Hospitalized for Overdose

11 students transported to local hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Denver Medic's Family Says Job Stress Contributed to Suicide

Veteran of over 25 years took her own life after a call.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Denver First Responders Join to Remember Paramedic

Veteran medic took her own life after fatal accident.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Rigs Going in Service from EMS Today 2015

Snap shots of some of the vehicles at EMS Today that will be on the streets soon
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Florida Hospital Fire

Fire halts construction project at Tampa cancer center.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >