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Man dies of heat stroke, brings total of heat-related deaths to 23

Updated: July 12, 2012 8:22PM

An autopsy conducted Thursday confirmed a 23rd heat-related deaths in Cook County in the last week, but only the second time in which heat was the primary cause of death.

Jerry Herrington, 73, of the 6600 block of South Loomis Avenue, was found unresponsive at his home on Friday. He was pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital at 6:14 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy Thursday found he died of heat stroke.

The only other person to suffer heat stroke, 40-year-old Danny Wadell, also died Friday, the medical examiner’s office said.

He had a core temperature of 106 degrees, according to the medical examiner’s office, and an autopsy Saturday found he died of heat stroke.

Autopsies have also confirmed the following deaths as heat-related, with heat stress as a secondary cause of death:

— Ruben Martinez, in his 70s, of the 4500 block of North Clark Street;

— John McGill, 57, of the 4800 block of West Irving Park Road;

— Dorothy J. Short, 68, of the 8800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue;

— Dorothy Hawkins, 79, of the 7400 block of South Yates Boulevard;

— Lucille Griffith, 100, of the 7300 block of South Peoria Street;

— Irene Moriarty, 89, of the 7600 block of South 60th Place in Summit;

— Mary Williams, 56, of the 0-100 block of East 122nd Place;

— Sherry Garrett, 53, of the 1400 block of South Hamlin Avenue;

— Ann Narcisse, 79, of the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue;

— John Stacey, 81, of the 1800 block of Cuyler Avenue in Berwyn;

— Levon Calhoun, 55, of the 8100 block of South Saginaw Avenue;

— Anthony Thomas, 48, of the 9200 block of South Blackstone Avenue;

— Pamela Dairyco, 65, of the 4900 block of West Fullerton Avenue;

— Mark Locerquist, 53, of the 1500 block of North Pulaski Road;

— Linda Figgures, 46, of the 6600 block of South Damen Avenue;

— Carmen Mercado, 81, of the 2000 block of West Superior Street;

— Riley Kimble, 59, of the 1800 block of West Jackson Boulevard;

— Pat Wong, 91, of 4200 block of North Winchester Avenue;

— Frank Proczek, 58, of 5000 block of South Western Avenue;

— Eugene Burns, 53, of Maywood; and

— Jon McCullough, 48, of Ravenswood.

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