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Lightning Strike Kills Camper

A Kentucky man camping with his family has died after being struck by lightning outside his tent last night at the Wilderness Landing Campground off Corduroy Road in Baker.

35-year old Jeremy Harper of Cloverport was camping with eight others in his family, including six children ranging in age from 15 months to 13 years old. It’s believed lightning hit a tree beside him and knocked him to the ground during a thunderstorm around 7:30 p.m.

No one else in the group was injured.

The OCSO wants to express its appreciation to agency Chaplains Larry Carter and Dennis Walker, who rushed to the scene to comfort and help the family after Harper was transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview. Harper passed away around 8:30 this morning.