Brevard County Fire Rescue Hosts Sudden Cardiac Arrest Recognition Ceremony for Lightning Strike Survivors

By  //  September 9, 2022

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both victims were struck by lightning on June 10

Two lightning strike survivors were reunited in Viera on Thursday with the Brevard County first responders who saved their lives. Brevard County Fire Rescue and Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call involving 12-year-old Lori Leer and 14-year-old McKenzie McCord who were both struck by lightning on June 10 while playing outdoors. Leer and McCord were joined by Ava Wiedmann, 14, who performed compressions with the help of EMT staff on the phone. (BCFR image)

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Two lightning strike survivors were reunited in Viera on Thursday with the Brevard County first responders who saved their lives.

Brevard County Fire Rescue and Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call involving 12-year-old Lori Leer and 14-year-old McKenzie McCord who were both struck by lightning on June 10 while playing outdoors.

Leer and McCord were joined by Ava Wiedmann, 14, who performed compressions with the help of EMT staff on the phone.

The ceremony allowed the strike survivors to be reunited for the first time with the first responders who saved their lives.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, right, with Ava Wiedmann, 14, who performed compressions with the help of EMT staff on the phone on two lightning strike victims. (BCFR image)
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