Riverside Officer Injured by Lightning in Joplin

6 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Monday, May 23 2011 May 23, 2011 Monday, May 23, 2011 8:21:00 PM CDT May 23, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

JOPLIN - A Riverside police officer is recovering from a near-lightning strike suffered while he was helping out with the Joplin tornado aftermath.

The unidentified officer was being treated at a Joplin-area hospital for burns and other injuries after the strike around 5 p.m. Monday. Riverside police spokesman Sgt. Brent Holland says the officer had just driven a fire commander back to a command post and was standing next to an all-terrain vehicle when the lightning struck near him.

The man was among a dozen Riverside workers in Joplin to help out.

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