Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A Syracuse University Public Safety Officer remains in the hospital as he continues to recover after being hit by lightning. One of the men credited with saving his life is now telling his story.
Detective Ed Weber was working with Officer Stan Prue, when they were both struck by lightning.
Weber made the call for help just before midnight on Sunday, reporting that his partner was on the ground and barely breathing.
It dazed me. I heard the blast and I really thought we got shot, like a shotgun blast - and then when I came to my senses, I started screaming for Stan, he just disappeared,” Weber said.
Weber kept his composure, tapping into his 40 years of experience and training until the ambulance arrived.
"It's the first time in my police career, I've been through a lot, shot at, stabbed in the back a couple of times," Weber explained. "I never had a police officer sitting next to me - that close to death. It was an emotional experience for me and I still see that, Stan laying down on the ground."
The two officers weren't even supposed to be working, but they both picked up an overtime shift.
Typically the officers ride alone, but on Sunday night, they paired up.
The circumstances may have saved Prue’s life, as the lightning destroyed Prue's radio and burned out the power in the car. So even if Prue was physically capable of calling for help, he wouldn't have been able to.
“The two of them together in the car, actually made a big difference. It could have been a very different outcome,” said Syracuse University Public Safety Chief Tony Callisto.
Only four days after he was struck by lighting, Detective Weber was back on duty Thursday morning, despite some muscle soreness and bumps and bruises.
“I want to thank the men and women of this department who helped us, because if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be around today,” Weber said.
Chief Callisto says Officer Prue is recovering in the intensive care unit, and improving every day.