SHERIDAN, Ill. — Four people were injured by lightning strikes while they were watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. The injuries came as severe thunderstorms moved through Illinois on Wednesday night.
Dawson Fuller, 18, was at Robertson Field in Sheridan around 7:20 p.m. He was there with his girlfriend. His mother Cindy Fuller was on the way to meet them to watch fireworks.
“I got the phone call he got struck by lightning and was on the ground unresponsive, “ Cindy Fuller said. “He was thrown backwards into the air 5 to 7 feet and landed on his head.”
Plainfield firefighter and paramedic Eric Watkins was at the park with his family.
He, along with St. Charles firefighter Darrin Peterson, ran to help and quickly saw there was not one, but two victims.
“I heard screaming and I went over there and found an unconscious, unresponsive 4-year-old girl not breathing,” Peterson said. “(We) started rescue breathing and CPR.”
The girl was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in critical condition. Fire officials did not have an update on her condition.
Dawson Fuller was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital in Dekalb. He is expected to be discharged Thursday night.
“(He is) basically a walking miracle,” Cindy Fuller said. “We're very grateful and thankful for just the turn of events everyone who was there right place at right time.”
A woman was also struck by lighting shortly after the city of Chicago’s fireworks display. She was struck near Monroe Street and Lake Shore Drive and taken to Northwestern hospital and was stabilized.
The Chicago Tribune reported that a fourth person was also injured--a man was struck by lightning near Belmont Harbor.