Donovan Massey was hit by lightning on Wednesday at his home on County Road 304. Massey works as an EMT for Shoals Ambulance and said he never expected to be struck by lightning.
"I didn't even hear any thunder or anything so I figured it was okay to be outside, but I didn't ever think this was going to happen to me," said Massey.
Massey was working on his car Wednesday afternoon when it started raining. So he moved his car under his carport and kept working.
"There was a loud bang and a big blue flash of light and it felt like someone was hitting me in the chest and I realized I had just gotten hit by lightning," said Massey.
Massey said even though he was in a lot of pain he stayed calm and called 911.
"I've got a good family at Shoals Ambulance and I knew they were coming out to me pretty quick," he said.
Massey was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial hospital where he stayed for four hours to be observed to make sure his heart was in correct rhythm.
"They ran the EKG on me and ran a few other tests, some blood work and found where everything was okay," said Massey.
Massey believes the lightning struck the carport then shocked him. He said he is lucky he didn't take a direct hit.
"I couldn't be here if it would have been a more direct hit, but I guess I got lucky," said Massey.
Massey said he thinks this should serve as a lesson to anyone out there. If you know a storm is coming, go inside to avoid being struck by lightning.