Thursday, July 12, 2012

Death Toll from Heat Wave Now at 18

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 7:31 AM

It gets hot again next week.
  • It gets hot again next week.
Four more deaths in the region were confirmed to be heat-related on Wednesday, bringing the region's total up to 18. Last year's final count was 19, but this summer isn't over yet. In fact, the National Weather Service forecast for the next week shows the temperature rising on Monday and Tuesday, with projected highs of 98 degrees for both days.

The four new victims confirmed by the St. Louis Health Department include two homeless men, whose deaths should serve as a reminder that there's a sizable population of people who have very few options for escaping the elements.

The latest victims include:

Enones Berry, 72, of the 4000 block of North 21st Street.
Troy Cooper, 70, of the 4500 block of Harris Avenue.
Earl L. Rinker, 43, a homeless man who was found in a vacant warehouse.
Timothy Simmonson, 43, a homeless man who was found in the 400 block of South 15th Street.

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