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Hero Fireman Saves Life Of Child After Lightning Strikes Kids’ Party

by : UNILAD on : 29 May 2016 13:08
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An off-duty fireman has been labelled a hero after saving the life of a child who was one of a group of eleven people struck by lightning during a birthday party.

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Three children have been left fighting for their lives after being struck as they sheltered under a tree from a sudden thunderstorm in a Paris park.

Another child and an adult were seriously injured and in total eleven people were hit when the lightning struck in Parc Monceau, reports The Telegraph.

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Fortunately for the victims, an off-duty fireman was on-hand to give first aid, giving CPR to one child whose heart had stopped.

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The off-duty fireman, Pascal Gremillet, said: 

I saw them on the ground beside a tree. There was a child in cardiac arrest so I gave first aid and heart massage.

Police blocked off a section of a nearby road while the victims were taken to two hospitals with psychologists on call to counsel traumatised parents.

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Grégoire Gauger witnessed the tragedy: 

It started raining buckets and everyone headed for shelter and then lightning struck. We all jumped. I was only 300 metres away.

Unfortunately it was a group of children form the area who were hit during a birthday tea.

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Another freak incident saw 35 people injured in Germany when a lightning bolt struck during a children’s football match. The referee was hit directly and was rushed to hospital by helicopter.

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It sounds like Mr Gremillet’s actions saved at least one life – and let’s hope they all have a speedy recovery.

Topics: Life

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The Telegraph
  1. The Telegraph

    Lightning strikes kill one in Poland, injure 11 at Paris children's party and hit dozens more at German football match