COLUMBUS (Chelsea Spears) — Lt. Stu Tudor, the firefighter who was struck by lightning at Crew Stadium late last month, has been upgraded to stable condition, Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said in a written statement Saturday.

In an email, Chief Smith said Tudor is breathing on his own and opening his eyes to stimuli. 

“The family wanted to express their appreciation for the continued support, thoughts and prayers our members, media and community have shown Stu and the family during his recovery,” Chief Smith wrote.

Lt. Tudor was off-duty when he was struck by lightning in the parking lot of Crew Stadium on June 28. 

Don Lewis witnessed the lightning strike.

“There was a loud flash and a loud boom – a bright flash,” Lewis said. “I mean this bomb went off. I knew it hit right next to me or right behind me or something. I had no idea that it hit somebody.”

54-year-old Tudor was knocked to the ground. An off-duty EMS was there to help in the immediate aftermath until more emergency crews arrived at the scene.The emergency crews took Tudor to OSU Medical Center in critical condition. He was later upgraded to serious condition.Tudor has since been transferred to the Select Specialty Hospital from the SICU at OSU Medical Center, where he will continue his rehabilitation process, according to a statement from Chief Smith.

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