Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A celebration of life was held Saturday for Officer Stan Prue of the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety, who miraculously survived being struck by lightning while on patrol in September.
At his side that night, SU Detective Ed Webber, who was also at Prue's side Saturday.
Webber, who was injured less severely, recalls the night, "I heard a blast and I thought we got shot at. Stan was nowhere to be seen. I found him on the side of the car, pounded on his chest and told him not to do this to me."
Officer Prue is still not back to work and continuing his recovery, saying he still has a long road ahead.
One thing helping his long road, the turnout of support at Saturday's benefit.
SU Public Safety Chief Anthony Callisto said, "The University Community has really come together to thank Stan and Ed, and all the first responders that came to their aid that night."
In addition to community members and friends, the first responders who helped save Prue's life were honored at the event.
Christopher Daloya, a colleague and roommate of Prue who helped organize the event, said, "It's important so Stan could have time to recognize the people who saved his life. Had he been riding alone that night, who knows what would have happened."
Prue said, "It's wonderful to have the support. As you saw for yourself, first responders really do what other people wouldn't want to do and put themselves in risk, and help people like me."
Prue's father was a Syracuse City Police Officer, and perhaps was the inspiration for his job.
"It's in the family blood," said Prue, "I like helping people out, be a part of the community and make a difference."