SU Public Safety Officer who survived lightning strike wants to thank those who saved his life

Lightning strike survivor Stan Prue shows off the hole the lightning bolt made in his police vest.

Stan Prue remembers getting out of his Syracuse University patrol car, but that's all. The storms that rolled across Central New York on Sunday, September 1 appeared to be over. There was no thunder, no lightning. Stan and his partner had been patrolling in their vehicle for several hours during the storm and got out of the vehicle to stretch in the Skytop parking lot on campus. Stan opened the door and was struck by a bolt of lightning.

"There was this sense that everything was okay. A sense that all of the issues or concerns I might have had about everything - about my family, about money... anything. It was all very calm and reassuring. Things were going to be okay," Prue told CBS 5's Michael Benny in an exclusive interview. Prue believes he died for a time that evening. He was revived by medical crews who arrived on the scene minutes after his partner Ed Weber put out the "officer down" call.

The exclusive interview airs in three parts this week at 6:00 p.m. on CBS 5 and 5:30 p.m. on NBC 3.

Monday: Stan Prue explains what happened the night he was struck by lightning.

Tuesday: Living after lightning. Prue is undergoing physical therapy for the lingering impact of the lightning strike on his body.

Wednesday: Prue has a long list of people he wants to thank for saving his life.

Prue's friends in law enforcement are holding a Celebration of Life event at the Valley American Legion in Syracuse on Saturday October 26, 2013 from 2pm - 7pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person.


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