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Lightning kills man

Michael Paul Palmer did not respond to efforts by resuce crews to revive him.

Michael Paul Palmer did not respond to efforts by resuce crews to revive him.

August 04, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

A Frederick man was struck and killed instantly by lightning Saturday afternoon while he was sitting on the deck in the rear of his home, city police said.

Afternoon thunderstorms that rumbled across the region also caused a 17-year-old boy to suffer minor injuries after being struck by lightning at a swimming pool at Fort Detrick, police said.

The dead man was identified as Michael Paul Palmer, 55, of 1826 Millstream Drive. He was discovered lying on the deck by his 18-year-old son who went out after hearing a loud noise, police said.

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Palmer failed to respond to efforts by rescue crews to revive him, said Police Sgt. Wayne L. Trapp. He was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m., Trapp said.

Frederick County authorities also responded to heat-related illnesses at a majorette contest near Frederick.

Ten people were treated for heat exhaustion at Urbana High School in Ijamsville near Frederick.

Five majorettes were treated, as well as four parents and a firefighter. Two reportedly were treated on the scene, and the rest were transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

The competition was held outside.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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