Tarrant County emergency heat calls rising with temperature



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Posted on August 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 2 at 6:26 PM

FORT WORTH -- Just past noon on Tuesday MedStar units were rushing to three simultaneous calls for heat distress.

That's one-sixth of the calls at that time.   One young man went down while hanging door fliers in a Fort Worth neighborhood.

"He's walking door-to-door. He collapsed. Had a blackout," said Lee Brown, who came by to pick up the man in a van.  Brown pulled him into the air conditioning.

"He said he was dizzy. He felt like fainting," said Brown.  "I stopped a couple times. He kept puking. So eventually I'm like dude, I'm calling an ambulance. I ain't having somebody die on my hands."

MedStar took the man to a hospital.

Meanwhile another MedStar unit was responding to a man who succumbed to heat while working with tractor trailer rigs in a parking lot.

"Firefighters said it was about 125 degrees, estimated," said MedStar supervisor Jimmy Aycox.

The metal and concrete turned the lot into a stove top.  That man also was transported to a hospital.  

As of July 23, MedStar had responded to 169 heat calls.  That's nearly 40 percent more than last year.  The Tarrant County Health Department reports 52 hospital ER visits for heat.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, MedStar had rolled on 11 calls for heat exposure.  And there was still plenty of heat left in the day.

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