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Man dies in heat

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

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Heat index was 110 Monday; he didn't turn AC on

Heat indices in Marengo County Monday afternoon, July 13, were at 110 degrees.

Neal Johnson, Sr., who lived on Dill road, which is off County Road 5, was inside his small home with a fan blowing on him.

Members of his family said he did not want to run up his electric bill so he didn't turn his air conditioner on.

The 85 year old black male was found dead inside his home about 5:30 p.m.

AmStar Ambulance service attendants responded to the call and when they went into the house, they were met by a blast of hot air.

The AmStar personnel notified 911 to summons the coroner. They were told it was shift change and they would call the coroner after the shift change was complete.

Coroner Stuart Eatmon was in Thomasville when he heard the ambulance page so he started to Old Spring Hill and when he was entering Linden city limits, he got the call from 911 to respond to Dill Road.

He wrote in his report that the man died from heat stroke.

Eatmon asked that the people be reminded that the elderly need careful attention and they should not be left in the heat. They should also be given plenty of cool water to drink.



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Original Publication Date: July 16, 2015



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