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Lightning Strikes Missouri Officer In Tornado Response

May 24, 2011  | 


Map showing the path of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. Source: Flickr (matthewspiel).

A Riverside (Mo.) Police officer assisting rescue efforts in Joplin was struck by lightning, and is now under medical evaluation.

Lightning struck the area near where Officer Jeff Taylor, 31, was riding an ATV, after transporting a fire commander back to a command post.

Officer Taylor was transported to a Springfield hospital and treated for burns and other injuries.

On Monday, two Joplin officers were injured, one critically, when they were struck by lightning. The officers were on duty at 20th and Connecticut, when they were struck.

Source: KMBC

Editor's Note: Read more about the tornado's impact on medical services at Campus Safety Magazine, a sister publication of POLICE Magazine.


Comments (3)

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john russell @ 5/24/2011 6:32 PM

Hey Mother Nature can taser when you least expect it...

Glenn Ladd @ 5/25/2011 6:34 AM

The story makes it sound like Officer Taylor was "treated and released" and this is not the case. He remains in the hospital in very serious condition. I ask that those of you with God in your lives, reach out to him on Jeff's behalf.

Det. Sgt. M.C. Williams @ 5/25/2011 7:48 AM

We are in prayer for our brother/sister officers in Joplin == and for the community as a whole.

Prayer requests also posted at www.TheCenturionLawEnforcementMinistry.org

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