Police say three of the four people struck by lightning near the White House on Thursday have died.
Police said James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, were killed in D.C.
Police claimed a 29-year-old male also died. He wasn’t identified immediately.
The Muellers were semi-retired high school sweethearts celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary. James and Donna Mueller had five children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Michelle McNett remarked, “They’d do anything for family and friends.”
McNett saw the news. “We saw the lightning strike but didn’t think it would be your family.”
Four people are in critical condition when a flash of light and a boom erupted in Lafayette Park, NW D.C., during severe thunderstorms. D.C. police anticipated to provide further details about the fourth victim Friday.
The White House offered sympathy.
The lightning strike at Lafayette Park was horrific. We pray for those still struggling for their life, stated Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
When they observed the lightning strike, U.S. Secret Service and Park Police officers hurried to help the victims, D.C. Fire and EMS stated.
Maggiolo said the victims were near Andrew Jackson’s statue and a tree.
Capt. Jean-Philippe Charles said 20 Secret Service agents and Park Police responded to the lightning strike.
Charles: “We attempt to improve patients’ chances of survival.” I can only offer sympathies to the affected family and friends.
David Root was “shocked” “I was shocked. Amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it.
— Jackie Bensen (@jackiebensen) August 4, 2022
The injured were hospitalised. Maggiolo didn’t specify their injuries.
Maggiolo said all four were injured by a lightning strike near them.
McNett: “The kids are still in shock.” “We’re simply clinging onto memories, talking about happy times, and being positive to move on.”
About 6:30 p.m., thunderstorms hit D.C. and nearby areas. After a day of mid-90s temperatures and heat indices exceeding 100, severe weather drenched the region.
Doctors, Tourists Rush to Help Lightning Strike Victims
Good Samaritans helped the victims.
Alexander Brands, a German doctor visiting the District, was looking at the White House when he heard thunder and “saw people coming down.”
As an ER doctor, he hurried over to help.
Brands said he helped Park Police and Secret Service officers using AEDs revive victims.
Dr. Alister Martin was leaving work when the storm hit.
“I heard thunder and saw lightning at the same time and thought, ‘I gotta get out of here,'” he said.
He learned others were injured and decided to help.
“We began CPR and eventually got two people’s heart rhythms back,” he said, calling the police’ actions heroic.
Root saved a man’s life.
“We spotted several people by a tree not moving, so I hurried over to help,” he added. “Several others ran over, and I gave him chest compressions.” We swung.”
A vacationing ER nurse went to help as rain and lightning fell.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 4, 2022
Lightning Strike Data And How To Stay Safe
The CDC reports 444 lightning-related deaths between 2006 and 2021. Lightning kills most often in the summer when people are outside working or playing.
If you hear thunder, go indoors, warns the NWS.
“Skip open spaces. Don’t tower above others “NWS pamphlet advises. “Avoid towering trees, towers, and poles. Lightning strikes taller objects.”
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