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Cook County heat deaths climb from 10 to 18

Updated: August 10, 2012 6:32AM



Eight Chicago residents died over the weekend of heat-related causes as officials announced they will review how well the city responded to three straight 100-degree days.

The new deaths raise to 18 the number of Cook County fatalities linked to the record heat wave ­— a number that already exceeds the 16 heat-related deaths that occurred last year, authorities said Sunday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel requested the After Action report to examine how city departments coordinated to deal with the extreme temperatures.

The report by the Office of Emergency Management also will look at how resources were allocated across the city and how weather was monitored by departments around the clock, a spokeswoman said.

“We take those days seriously,” she said. “We want to look at everything to see what improvements we can make.”

The city offered a number of cooling centers and well-being checks for the elderly, the spokeswoman said, but the city will not call the efforts a success because “people still lost their lives.”

The report will be released in 60 days.

The last such report was issued following the February 2011 blizzard, when hundreds of cars were stranded for hours along Lake Shore Drive.

Autopsies conducted Sunday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office listed heat stress as a factor in eight recent deaths, which include:

— Lucille Griffith, 100, of the 7300 block of South Peoria Street, was pronounced dead at Saint Bernard Hospital and Heath Center at 9:56 a.m. Saturday. An autopsy found she died of heart disease with heat stress as a contributing factor.

­— Irene Moriarty, 89, of the 7600 block of South 60th Place in Summit, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 1:02 p.m. Saturday. An autopsy found Moriarty died of heart disease with heat stress as a contributing factor.

— Mary Williams, 56, of the first block of East 122nd Place, was pronounced dead at 1:07 p.m. Saturday Roseland Community Hospital. An autopsy Sunday found Williams died of heart disease, with obesity and heat stress contributing factors.

— Sherry Garrett, 53, of the 1400 block of South Hamlin Avenue, was pronounced dead at her home at 4:28 p.m. Saturday. An autopsy found she died of heart disease, with diabetes, heat stress and obesity as contributing factors, according to the medical examiner.

— Ann Narcisse, 79, of the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, was pronounced dead at the Stein Institute at 7:50 p.m. Saturday. An autopsy found she died of heart disease with heat stress as a contributing factor.

— John Stacey, 81, of the 1800 block of Cuyler Avenue in Berwyn, was pronounced dead at his home at 5:46 p.m. Saturday. Stacey died of heart disease with obesity and heat stress as contributing factors, according to an autopsy.

— Levon Calhoun, 55, of the 8100 block of South Saginaw Avenue, was pronounced dead at the Stein Institute at 12:15 a.m. Sunday. Calhoun died of heart disease, with obesity and heat stress as contributing factors, according to an autopsy.

— Anthony Thomas, 48, of the 9200 block of South Blackstone Avenue, was pronounced dead at the Stein Institute Friday at 11:40 p.m. An autopsy showed Thomas died of heart disease with heat stress as a contributing factor.

Heat had already been ruled a factor in the deaths of 10 throughout Cook County, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The high temperature in Chicago on both Thursday and Friday was 103 degrees. Wednesday’s high was 102 degrees.



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