Stewartville Man Collapses and Dies, Heat Likely a Factor

Posted at: 08/30/2013 6:21 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Olmsted County Sheriff's Department says a 66 year old Stewartville man died Thursday after hours of working in the heat. He is not the only one that has been affected by the high temps.

Officials are once again warning everyone to take caution when working outside.

For the average person these past few days of high temperatures have simply meant a little extra discomfort. But for those at risk like the elderly and people with health conditions, it's obviously been dangerous.

"Unfortunately we had an individual pass away from, it's under investigation, but it looks like a heat related injury," said Larry Mueller.

Mueller is a Rochester Fire Marshal and Stewartville Volunteer Firefighter. He says the 66 year old Stewartville man was working in his yard all day when he started getting confused and called his wife saying he was lost. When his wife returned home he was inside, but breathing heavily.

"He had a reaction to both the heat and medications, we were notified and we responded to provide emergency care," said Mueller.

By the time first responders arrived it was too late.

The Stewartville man is not the only person that has suffered from the heat this week. On Thursday at the Tee it Up for The troops event in Rochester a man fainted during the ceremony. He was okay, but it shows the effect the high temps and humidity can have.

"Several factors can affect us differently our age, our physical condition, medications can have an effect, and all can make us react to the different types of heat," said Mueller.

It's those reasons officials are warning everyone to take the heat seriously and look out for the signs of heat exhaustion, such as dizziness and confusion.

"We ask that everyone takes care, especially during the holiday weekend when everyone will be outside and in the yard," said Mueller.

Officials are still investigating the exact cause of the Stewartville man's death.