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Man Struck By Lightning Survives To Tell Story

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by Chris Conte

OWENSBORO, Ky. - An Owensboro man struck by lightning while playing golf in Hopkinsville on Father's Day managed to walk away with a story that experts will tell you defies the odds.

"I stepped out of the golf cart, put my hands on top of the umbrella to push it down and the next thing I know I was talking to EMT," explained 62-year-old Dayton Heffelfinger.

Heffelfinger was finishing a tournament with a friend when he recalls hearing some thunder in the distance.

"I had been watching the sky because I won't stay out if I see lightning," he recalled.

The single bolt of lightning entered Dayton's body through his left arm, then exited out his left foot, blowing a hole in his golf shoe and sending it flying off his foot.

"All I know is that the good Lord decided I wasn't supposed to go and he knows I appreciate that," Dayton added.

The former high school golf coach spent a few hours in the hospital, but was released after doctors told him everything checked out OK.

"I got away with it, I don't know why I got away, but I got away with something I probably shouldn't have gotten away with."


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