Friday, February 11, 2011

South Side man 12th cold-related death

South Side man 12th cold-related death - The SouthtownStar

Sometimes I'm not always timely, but I do often like to show that there are places you can go to get out of the cold. To be sure however I'm not certain what this man's circumstances were:

An elderly man found unresponsive Feb. 4 outside his South Side home died in part because of the cold, marking at least the 12th cold-related death in Cook County this winter.

Fred Battle, 80, of the 7300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, was found unresponsive outside his home and pronounced dead at 11:52 a.m. Feb. 4 at University of Chicago Hospitals, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Battle died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease, but cold exposure was a secondary cause of his death, according to an autopsy performed Tuesday. His death was ruled an accident.
I'm sure a lot of us could do better jobs on this, but we need to check on our elderly and be sure that they're taking care of during any extreme weather whether we're talking heat or the cold snap we're currently experiencing.

Here's a link to warming and cooling centers around the city.

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