Lakeville farmer okay after lightning strike

LAKEVILLE — A Lakeville resident was given a fright when lightning struck near him while he was working on his farm on Aug. 26.

Phil Shafer, 51, was working on a Bobcat skid loader when at 10:54 a.m., lightning struck near the implement.

“We took out a first responder unit, an EMT ambulance, and paramedic ambulance that went. We had a whole team of people there in case you need them,” said Mike Hargreaves, a firefighter and EMT with the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department.

Hargreaves reported that Shafer awake and talking before he was taken to the hospital.

“I didn’t see a lot burns, his heart was going real fast. He was shaken up real good,” he said.

Shafer was transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital, which has a trauma center that specializes in serious conditions. Shafer was kept under observation, treated and discharged later that day.

Hargreaves stated that the danger with electricity is that it can be difficult to see what damage has been caused until later, including heart and nervous system issues.