A routine day on patrol took a shocking turn for a Walton County sheriff’s deputy on August 6 after a lightning strike disabled his patrol vehicle and triggered a dramatic rescue effort.
The frightening incident occurred as the Florida deputy was navigating southbound on 331 S, near the crossroads of Sherwood Drive during a lightning storm.
Detailing the event, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the lightning strike made direct contact with the deputy’s patrol vehicle, leading to a complete shutdown of its electrical system. Swiftly responding to the crisis, emergency personnel transported the deputy to Sacred Heart hospital via Walton County Fire Rescue.
Despite the initial shock and damage, the deputy’s injuries were classified as non-life-threatening, and he was described as “conscious” and doing “OK.” He was later reported to be in a stable condition, and his recovery is anticipated.
“We’re here if you need us,” Walton County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post.
As the day continued, another lightning-related incident gripped the region at around 11:45 a.m. Deputies were summoned to Morrison Springs following reports of a female victim who had seemingly borne the brunt of a lightning strike while immersed in water.
Prompt bystander intervention saw CPR administered until emergency responders arrived, subsequently evacuating the injured woman to safety via Walton Air Rescue. This second incident underscored the urgency and coordination required during such emergencies.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office utilized their social media presence to impart a vital safety reminder about the necessity of exercising caution and prudence in the face of impending storms.
The post reiterated the unpredictable nature of storms and implored the community to seek shelter at the first hint of storm clouds.
“Storms can be unpredictable and come up quickly. Please use your best judgment and get to a safe area when clouds roll in. Be safe,” the department wrote.
Walton County Emergency Management also responded to the harrowing post.
“So scary! Hoping for a speedy recovery, we’re grateful for your service to Walton County.”