Boy who was struck by lightning thanks first responders who saved his life

Author:
Updated:
Original:

"They need to know it was because of them Nate is alive."

That's what Wendy Burke said of first responders who helped save 12-year-old Nate Burke's life when he was struck by lightning at Enger Golf Course June 28, WCCO notes.

Nate and his mother met with first responders at the course Wednesday to say thank you, the Duluth Police Department wrote on Facebook.

Nate and his friends had gone to the driving range when the storm hit. The boys were headed into the clubhouse when Nate was struck – he was thrown several feet and found face down, WDAZ says.

Rob Irving heard the lightning strike, turned around and ran over to him.

"When I rolled him over his face was bloody and what I really remember was the smells," Irving told Northland's NewsCenter. "The smell of the electricity, the burnt hair."

Irving performed CPR until first responders arrived at the scene.

“There was no pulse, there was no breathing, there was no nothing,” Sgt. Chuck O’Connor of the Duluth Police Department told FOX 21.

He was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. Nate doesn't have much memory of that day, telling WCCO when he was in the hospital, he thought he had been checked in hockey.

Nate improved and was released from the hospital July 1, the Duluth News Tribune reports. He suffered some burns on his stomach, marks on his feet and his hair was scorched, WDAZ notes. But now he's almost fully healed, aside from a sore wrist and shoulder, reports note.

And the Burkes say that is because of the quick-thinking actions by the people at the golf course and first responders.

“It’s just extremely rewarding to see him up and about,” Irving said, according to WCCO.

Next Up

Antoine Winfield Jr.

Watch: Gopher alums Antoine Winfield Jr., Tyler Johnson make key plays in Bucs' playoff win

The Minnesota greats had a pair of highlights as Tampa Bay advanced to the NFC Championship.

Er-hgw7XYAQup5n

Crews respond to fire at Gertens in Inver Grove Heights

It's reported that a greenhouse on the grounds was on fire.

Marcus Carr

Why the Gophers could be in line for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament

The Gophers are done with a brutal stretch and are poised to make a run.

police tape

Authorities ID man fatally struck by 'errant bullet' in Willmar

The man was working in his garage when he was fatally shot.

ambulance

1 dead, 1 critically injured in head-on crash on Highway 169

The State Patrol says driving impaired may have been a factor in the crash.

Richard Pitino

Gophers game against Nebraska postponed due to COVID outbreak

The Cornhuskers have had 12 members of its team test positive for COVID-19.

Bob Kroll

What Minneapolis Police Lt. Bob Kroll said in Sunday radio interview

Kroll said that once he's retired he'll go "radio silent."

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for Sunday, January 17

The health department provides updates daily at 11 a.m.

Sen. Julia Coleman

'No one's business': State senator calls out attack on her pregnancy

Sen. Julia Coleman represents Minnesota's District 47.

Willmar Police Department

'Errant bullet' goes through garage wall, kills Willmar man

The man was working in his garage when he was shot, witnesses said.

Related