When a 19-year-old Falls Church man was injured in the vicinity of downed power wires in the midst of the raging June 29 storm, neighbors came to his aid.
Nathan Portnoy, a McLean resident and Iraq war veteran gave him CPR. Other neighbors gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while others tried frantically to call 911 for an ambulance.
Fairfax County police said Thursday that Dylan Shawn Cooper, 19, of Haycock Road in Falls Church, died Sunday as a result of injuries he sustained shortly after 11 p.m. June 29. Cooper was found unconscious in the vicinity of downed power lines near his home.
The office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be electrocution and the manner to be accidental, police said.
Portnoy said he was driving down Haycock Road when he saw Cooper and went to help him.
Lynn Heinrichs, a neighbor, said there was no power when a neighbor knocked on her door and said, "There's a teenager on the ground, and his heart isn’t beating and he isn't breathing."
Heinrichs tried calling 911 and "911 wasn't working." Then she called information at 411. An operator answered immediately, she said, and connected her to the Falls Church police department.
When she first asked the officer to send an ambulance she said he told her she would have to call Fairfax. (Haycock Road is located in Fairfax County but carries a Falls Church zip code.)
When she explained what was happening the officer called Fairfax.
She said she saw neighbors very close to live electrical wires giving Cooper mouth-to-mouth resuscitation trying to help him.
“I’m sitting there with lightening all around us ... It’s pouring down rain; it was a strobe-light sky," with bursts of lightening, she said.
A spokesperson for the Fairfax Fire Department said they received the call at 11:20 pm. "The ambulance showed up in a few minutes," she said.
A memorial service was held for Cooper Thursday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, according to his obituary.
The obituary said he died noon on Sunday at Halquist Hospice in Arlington.
"He was a proud compassionate young man, and a loving son and brother. He is survived by his brother Daniel David Cooper, his mother Danette Cox-Cooper, father David L. Cooper, and his beautiful girlfriend Mary Earley," according to his obituary.
Cooper was the third Fairfax County resident to die as a result of the June 29 derecho.
Khiet Nguyen, 27, of Burke, died at about 11 p.m. June 29 after a tree fell onto his car, according to Fairfax County Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 90-year-old woman died in Springfield when a tree fell on her home as she was lying in bed, according to FCPD.