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"The Patron Saint of Lightning"

3 years 3 months 4 weeks ago June 02, 2013 Jun 2, 2013 Sunday, June 02 2013 June 02, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Around 300 A.D. a father was so enraged when his daughter converted to Christianity, he beheaded her. As noted in a previous column, following the decapitation he was killed by lightning. His daughter was anointed Saint Barbara Dioscorus, the patron saint of lightning victims. British military officer, Major R. Summerford while on the battlefield in Flanders in February 1918, was knocked off his horse by a bolt of lightning, paralyzing him from the waist down. In 1924, while fishing with two friends, lightning hit him again, paralyzing his entire right side. In 1934 a third lightning strike hit him, leaving him permanently paralyzed. Two years later he died and was buried. Just after his internment, another bolt of lightning struck the cemetery destroying the tombstone of Major Summerford

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