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Alumni Highlights: Shocking experience

Seth Gitner ’95 (photography), a photographer for the Roanoke (Va.) Times, calls his encounter with a lightning bolt “a pretty harrowing ordeal.” Gitner was at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., in June 2001 when it began to rain. He took shelter in a tent, but when it changed to hail and the tent started shaking, he took off running.

A lightning bolt apparently struck the water-soaked ground near him. He’s not sure what happened next, but he remembers waking up on the ground and having no feeling from the neck down. Fortunately, that proved temporary; Gitner made a complete recovery and his tale made the April issue of News Photographer Magazine.

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