First responders hold dinner for girl struck by lightning - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

First responders hold dinner for girl struck by lightning

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - In a rare moment, first responders got to meet a life they saved in 18-year-old Tierney Bourage.

"Miss T, you don't remember me.  You were kind of asleep when I saw you last," said Brent Perkins of the Shelby County Fire Department to Bourage.  "A very deep sleep.  It's really good to see you like this."

Bourage nearly died after the first day of her senior year at Southwind High School.  A bolt of lightning went through her side and out her feet.

"We almost never get to see patients once we treat them," said Perkins.

"The rain was coming down pretty hard.  A lot of lightning going on," said Batt. Chief Jim Meyers with the Shelby County Fire Department.  "Seemed like a lot of confusion of where this little girl was."

A closed gate kept their fire truck from getting through to Bourage, but it did not stop former NFL player Lt. Frizell Davis, accurately nicknamed by his colleagues "gazelle."

"When I first seen her, I knew she was gone," said Davis.  "She had that stare that you're not with us any longer.  I just did what I was trained to do, start doing CPR."

Davis said at first, he did not even know what happened to Bourage.

"I kept smelling burning smell," he said.

"By the time I got up there, she was laying on the ground," said Meyers.  "No breath, no pulse, and had that look about her that she'd been deceased.  The grace of God was with us that day.  Gave these people the skills they've learned over the years.  Did their job and brought her back.  It was a miracle."

The first responders were so touched when they were introduced to Bourage that they wanted to host a dinner for her.

"It makes me feel like we are actually wanted and appreciated for what we do," said Davis.

Much of Bourage's treatment is not covered by her family's health insurance.  If you would like to help pay some of her mounting bills, you can make a donation at any First Tennessee Bank.  Make your checks out to "Barbara Turner for the benefit of Tierney Bourage."

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