Greeley man struck by lightning overwhelmed by support

Eugene Villines gets a new Scorpion helmet to replace the one that likely saved his life
Aug. 24, 2015

Staff Sgt. Eugene Villines is still at University of Colorado Hospital five days after the active Colorado Army National Guard solider literally crashed and burned on I-25 after being struck by lightning. “If he wasn’t wearing his protective gear or his helmet, I don’t think he would be alive,” said Dr. Gordon Lindberg, medical director of the Burn Center at UCH. Recently Villines got a nice surprise: a new Scorpion helmet, presented to him by Michael Gibbons of Fay Myers Motorcycle World and Scorpion Helmets.

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