DWR officials honored for saving boy's life after lightning strike

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 3:25 p.m. MST

OGDEN — Division of Wildlife Resources Sgt. Mitch Lane responded to a lightning strike during the 2012 Utah dove hunt, saving the lives of two hunters, including a 13-year-old boy.

For his actions, Lane has received a Medal of Valor from the Utah Peace Officers Association.

While patrolling the Rail Trail in Plain City in September, Lane spotted two hunters, ages 30 and 13, trying to reach their vehicle during a downpour. The two were struck by lightning a few hundred feet from the parking lot.

Lane ran to them and found that the boy was in cardiac arrest. With help from Weber County Sheriff's deputy Ryan Read, Lane administered CPR and got the boy breathing, then helped the hunters to safety. Both of the hunters have since made full recoveries.

Read also received a Medal of Valor for his role in the rescue.

Lane has worked in wildlife law enforcement for 20 years. He and Read received their awards at the Utah Peace Officers Association's Midwinter Conference in St. George on Feb. 7.

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