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Local man dies from heat stroke, first heat death of season


By: Stephanie Jacksis

HARKER HEIGHTS - A 42-year-old man suffered a severe heat stroke Tuesday afternoon, after working outside in 106 degree weather.

"That produces very quickly brain injury, damage and death if it's not corrected immediately," Harker Heights Fire Chief Jack Collier said.

It happened around 5 p.m. in the 500 block of Diana Lane in Harker Heights.  Witnesses said the man worked with a moving company, and collapsed outside a nearby home.

A local resident who just so happened to be a nurse tried her best to keep the victim cool, but he remained unresponsive. 

When paramedics arrived, they rushed to get him into an ambulance.  He was transported to Seton Medical Center for treatment, but unfortunately, it was too late.

"The gentleman had suffered a severe heat stroke and did not survive," Chief Collier said.  "He was pronounced at the hospital."

The fire chief is asking local residents to take extra precaution when going outside.  Experts say you should wear loose clothing, and drink plenty of fluids such as water or Gatorade.


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