Community gathers for Loveland boy struck by lightning

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2016-06-08 18:06:36-04

AMBERLEY VILLAGE, Ohio -- A community gathered Tuesday night to pray for the full recovery of a Loveland boy who was one of three children struck by lightning at an Indianapolis summer camp Saturday.

The lightning strike injured three children at the Goldman Union Camp institute, including one critically. Ethan Kadish was among the children who were hurt.

Kadish is still hospitalized at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis with serious injuries.

The prayer vigil for Kadish took place at the Rockdale Temple in Amberley Village at 7 p.m.

"Please know, the safety of your children is our highest priority," Rabbi Mark Covitz said a message posted on the Facebook page of the Reform Jewish summer camp.

The two other children injured, both 9 years old, are a Chesterfield, Mo., girl, and a Kentucky boy, possibly from Louisville, police said.

Police said several hundred children remained at the camp after the lightning strike.

Carmen Siegel, who lives near the camp, told WRTV-TV the sky wasn't even dark when one clap of thunder caused her to jump into the air.

"It's tragic. I feel so sorry. There's nothing you could prepare because the sky didn't even get dark really," Siegel said.

Police said the children were in a field when the lightning strike occurred about 1:40 p.m. Camp Counselors had begun lifesaving efforts before medics arrived to treat and transport the children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report