FAMILY

Family of lightning strike victims thank those who saved man’s life

Jun 21, 2019, 6:28 PM

(Photo: KSL TV)...

(Photo: KSL TV)

(Photo: KSL TV)

TAYLORSVILLE – The family of a Taylorsville father and daughter who were injured by lightning during a church activity in Fillmore are praising the quick actions of people who were nearby.  They say those people kept the man alive until medics could get there.

Friends of the Robinsons say the girl is recovering at a surprisingly good pace.  She has a ruptured eardrum and has first-degree burns, along with a burn scar from her necklace. Noel Lee is a family friend, and she got an update from the girl’s mother.

“Her daughter is alert, awake, talking and smiling.  She’s a little sore from the burns,” Lee says.

The father will need to spend a significant amount of time in the hospital since he was actually hit by the bolt.

Lee says, “The dad is expected to recover.  They think, maybe, the lightning struck his head, directly.”

However, family members say things would have been very different had there not been people close who knew what to do.  Robinson family Spokesman Josh Halverson says his brother-in-law’s heart stopped beating for about five minutes.

“There were non-medical personnel that were part of our ward that were administering CPR that was keeping him alive,” he says.

Medics arrived quickly, and Halverson says they did a great job treating his brother-in-law.  However, without the aid of the others at the church activity, Halverson believes Robinson would have died.

“The leaders of the event identified the situation and cleared people out to stabilize folks.  They recognized there wasn’t a pulse.  They recognized they had to administer CPR,” he adds.

Other members of the Robinson’s ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints say many kids and adults witnessed what happened, and several of them are still traumatized by what they saw.  They expect the Church to provide counselors for anyone who needs them.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Family

a child plays with a bubble, utah medicaid changing for kids...

Britt Johnson

Thousands of Utah children losing their Medicaid benefits

Medicaid is checking eligibility again and many people in Utah are making too much money to qualify.

12 days ago

children at a daycare, child care desert issues affecting utah...

Peter Johnston

You could be living in a child care desert. Here’s what that means

Data from 2019 shows that 77% of Utah's population live in a child care desert. Two bills seek to change that.

13 days ago

Child care provider Holly Kingston gives children a snack at her home in West Jordan on Friday, Jan...

Adam Small

Utah lawmaker pushing legislation to address child care shortage

If it becomes law, HB153 would allow unlicensed child care providers to watch eight kids. Right they can watch six.

14 days ago

The Provo Food Bank has less than a month's supply left and is asking for the public's help through...

Tammy Kikuchi and Waverly Golden

Provo Food Bank supplies running low, public donations needed

The Provo Food Bank has less than a month's supply left and is asking for the public's help through donations. 

14 days ago

kids play at a child care center in utah...

Allessandra Harris

Bill to expand child care options in Utah moves forward to Senate

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Luz Escamilla said most Utah residents live in a child care desert, with no options within 5 miles of them.

15 days ago

utah capitol pictured, a new law centers adoption legal expenses open records utah...

Aimee Cobabe

Adoption revision bill would make it easier to adopt in Utah

Utah lawmakers proposing changes to adoption laws that could significantly reduce legal expenses for families looking to adopt.

16 days ago

Sponsored Articles

overhead view of a few aisles in a department store...

Big Deal Outlet

There is a Big Deal coming to Midvale: Local discount chain opens 8th store

If you love the thrill of finding good deals, check out the grand opening of Big Deal Outlet in Midvale from February 29 - March 2.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Family of lightning strike victims thank those who saved man’s life