Melbourne Firefighter Stuck By Lightning While Holding Key

Melbourne firefighter stuck by lightning bolt.
Melbourne firefighter stuck by lightning bolt. (Photo: FILE)

A Melbourne, Florida firefighter was struck by an indirect lightning bolt as he was returning from a call. Melbourne Fire Chief Chuck Bogle said the firefighter, identified as Steve Roberts, is okay and was sent home for the day.

Roberts was driving a fire engine back with its crew to Station 73 at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport in Florida. The weather had worsened from a thunderstorm that moved through the area.

Roberts drove the fire engine to a security gate with two other firefighters. He attempted to use a key to unlock a bay door. That’s when a bolt of lightning struck the fence and hit Roberts as he held on to the key.

The crew called for an ambulance to take Roberts to Holmes Regional Medical Center to be checked out. Roberts was complaining of “ringing” in his ears.

Fortunately, Roberts is doing okay and is expected to return to work by Thursday or Friday.

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About Tina Hodges
Tina Hodges moved to Sebastian with her family in 1980 and has lived in the area ever since. After graduating from Sebastian River High School, she studied at Indian River Community College. Tina worked at Dooney & Bourke for many years before she became a full-time travel writer. Tina joined Sebastian Daily in 2016.