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Team Effort Saves Two After Lightning Strike In Newark

Two men are recovering at the hospital after being struck by lightning on Thursday.

As severe thunderstorms passed over the Harmony Woods neighborhood near Newark yesterday, residents heard a lightning strike that sounded like an explosion, said one commenter on our Facebook page.

At the time residents in the community were unaware that two men standing in a nearby backyard had been injured when lightning struck a tree at a home in the 100 block of Medley Drive,

As rescue crews from the Christiana Fire Company along with medics from the New Castle County Paramedics and New Castle County Police Officers began arriving in the neighborhood it became apparent that something was seriously wrong at the home.

Arriving on scene first, crews with Christiana Fire Company’s Ambulance B-12 reported to dispatchers that they had two patients with one in cardiac arrest and began treatment.

As additional ambulance and fire crews from the Christiana Fire Company arrived on scene they too began to assist the two seriously injured men. With all of the firefighters, ambulance crews, and New Castle County Paramedics working together they were able to effectively resuscitated the 31-year-old man whose heart had stopped as a result of the strike. He was transported to Christiana Hospital via Christiana Fire Company ambulance in critical condition.

The second patient, a 37-year-old man, suffered injuries to his chest and leg. He was transported to Christiana Hospital via Christiana Fire Company ambulance accompanied by New Castle County Paramedics. He was listed in serious condition.

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