Cottonwood High School mourns the loss of one of its students

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jul. 27, 2017 at 7:13 PM CDT
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Principal Paul Strange is preparing to start another school year next week.

But, like many at Cottonwood High School, it’ll be with a heavy heart.

“We were saddened to hear the news,” said Principal Strange.

Wednesday, rising Cottonwood High Sophomore Aron Dunn died after being hit by lightning at his south Houston County home.

“He was a good student,” recalled Principal Strange. “Teachers really liked Aron. He was well-behaved. He was just a good all-around kid.”

Dunn was standing on his porch when a lightning bolt hit a nearby tree and bounced to him.

It’s not uncommon this time of year according to Emergency Management Agency officials.

“During your summer months, July, July and August are some of the most dangerous times for lightning,” said Rickey Stokes with the Dothan-Houston County Emergency Management Agency.

Lightning, Stokes says, can strike as far as 10 miles away from where the rainfall is at.

“So when you hear here thunderstorm, when you hear it thunder, you need to take shelter and take precaution and stay in your safe zone for at least 30 minutes from the last time you’ve heard thunder,” said Stokes.

As for Principal Strange, he says the school will have counselors on hand when classes resume.

“In times like this and there’s a tragedy, our community seems to pull together and lend a helping hand.”

According to the National Weather Service, Alabama is one of the nation's 10 deadliest states for lightning. Dunn is the third person in Alabama to die from being struck by lightning so far this year.

Funeral services for Aron Dunn will be held at Union Hill Church in Cottonwood on Monday at 3:00pm. Viewing for family and friends will be 1:30pm to 2:45pm.

If you would like to help Dunn’s family with funeral expenses, you can make donations at Glover Funeral Home. Dunn's family has also set up a Go Fund Me Page here: