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Fla. Motor Cop Struck By Lightning

June 27, 2013  | 

A Key West (Fla.) Police motor patrolman remains hospitalized after being struck by lightning while waiting at a stop light on Wednesday morning.

Officer Deglys Chavarria, 27, was heading south on North Roosevelt Boulevard at Palm Avenue when he was struck by the bolt, reports the Key West Citizen.

Chavarria, who began serving the agency in 2009, complained of left-arm pain. He was alert and conscious.

Tags: Natural Disasters, Motor Patrol, Florida


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Bob@Az. @ 6/27/2013 8:51 PM

Congrats Officer Chavarria!! You've got to be one damn lucky fella. Hope you come back to the Job soon. Blues, Stay Safe.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/28/2013 5:57 AM

I hope you fully recover Officer Chavarria. I am surprised this doesn't happen more often. Florida is known as the lightning capitol of the USA. More people are struck by lightning in Florida than any other state. At Eglin AFB and Hurburt AFB in the Florida Pan Handle there is a US Army Ranger Training Base where Army Rangers come for their final certification, every year several Army Rangers are struck by lightning. The last group were lying prone to the ground which is what they are taught to do in an open area when a nearby tree was stuck. The lightning traveled down the tree into the sand (no dirt in this part of Florida) and then was transmitted across the sand to the prone soldiers. If you can hear the thunder then you can be struck by lightning because if you can hear it you are too close. Everyone becareful out there!

Mickey Miller @ 6/28/2013 8:16 AM

The Blue eagle motor unit (Hendersonville Tenn,) have you in our thoughts and prayers. Get better soon.

tedb @ 6/28/2013 9:31 AM

Wonder if he had cited a priest or minister just before this?

Trigger @ 6/28/2013 12:35 PM

Wow, Officer Chavarria you are one tough individual. Thank God you are doing well.

Alex Inglis @ 6/28/2013 1:53 PM

I believe that you have a guardian angel looking over you Officer Chavarria. That's got to be a tough experience. Lightning here in Florida I think we all take for granted. I know that I did until two days ago. Two days ago up here in Indian River County we were experiencing a fairly intense thunder & lightning along with pouring rain and I had to make a stop. I was in & out of the car as quickly as possible but, just as I was opening my cars door lightning struck so close to me that I could feel it throughout my entire body. Shakened, I then jumped into my seat and shut the door as quickly as possible and again lightning struck just across the street from where I was parked and my entire car shook. I can't imagine your experience but, by the grace of god you survived. I've always had respect for lightning but, after the storm two days ago I now know that anyone here in Florida if exposed to the elements is at risk of a lightning strike. I pray for your speedy recovery and may god bless you always!

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