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Between 1942 and 1977, Sullivan was hit by lightning on seven different occasions and survived all of them. Sullivan was born in Greene County, Virginia, on February 7, 1912. He started working as a ranger in Shenandoah National Park in 1936. Sullivan was described as a brawny man with a broad, rugged face, who resembled the actor Gene Hackman. On the morning of September 28, 1983, Sullivan died at the age of 71 under mysterious circumstances from a gunshot wound to the head, nobody knows why the gun could shoot him accidentally. Two of his ranger hats are on display at two Guinness World Exhibit Halls in New York City and South Carolina. The first documented lightning strike of Sullivan occurred in April 1942.
He was hiding from a thunderstorm in a fire lookout tower. Inside the tower, “fire was jumping all over the place”. He was hit again in July 1969. Unusually, he was hit while in his truck, driving on a mountain road—the metal body of a vehicle normally protects people in cases such as this by acting as a Faraday cage. The lightning first hit nearby trees and was deflected into the open window of the truck. The strike knocked Sullivan unconscious and burned off his eyebrows and eyelashes, and set his hair on fire.
In 1970, Sullivan was struck while in his front yard. The lightning hit a nearby power transformer and from there jumped to his left shoulder, searing it. In 1972, Sullivan was working inside a ranger station in Shenandoah National Park when another strike occurred. He then rushed to the restroom, but couldn’t fit under the water tap and so used a wet towel instead. On August 7, 1973, while he was out on patrol in the park, Sullivan saw a storm cloud forming and drove away quickly. But the cloud, he said later, seemed to be following him. When he finally thought he had outrun it, he decided it was safe to leave his truck.
Soon after, he was struck by a lightning bolt. Sullivan stated that he actually saw the bolt that hit him. The lightning moved down his left arm and left leg and knocked off his shoe. The next strike, on June 5, 1976, injured his ankle. It was reported that he saw a cloud, thought that it was following him, tried to run away, but was struck anyway. On Saturday morning, June 25, 1977, Sullivan was struck while fishing in a freshwater pool.
The lightning hit the top of his head, set his hair on fire, traveled down, and burnt his chest and stomach. Sullivan turned to his car when something unexpected occurred — a bear approached the pond and tried to steal trout from his fishing line. Sullivan had the strength and courage to strike the bear with a tree branch. All seven strikes were documented by the superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, R. Sullivan’s wife was also struck once, when a storm suddenly arrived as she was out hanging clothes in their back yard.
Her husband was helping her at the time, but escaped unharmed. Top: World map showing relative frequency of lightning strikes. Bottom: US map showing location of Virginia, which has a relatively high lightning rate. The odds of being struck by lightning for a person over the period of 80 years have been roughly estimated as 1:10000.