Donald Scruggs (DScruggs@CRIS.COM)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 18:58:28 -0400
Sorry for the rushed and somewhat incomplete posts last night
and this morning regarding the heat emergency. Let me summarize for
you. Last night about 8:45 PM as my wife and I headed home from dinner
we observed a Large number of emergency vehicles racing towards the
University of Maryland headed in the general direction of the Cole
Field House area. We saw at least one Ladder Truck and three Engines
and one Ambulance from our own Hyattsville VFD which is about a block
from my home. Sure enough when we passed the fire house it was
virtually empty. When we got home we forgot about it until we
watched the 11PM news on Channel 9 (CBS). They reported as
"breaking news" that about 35 teens were overcome by the heat
in Cole Field House. They reported that 4 were transported to
area hospitals, 2 for Heat Exhaution and 2 for Heatstroke.
I could not find any info on any of the internet news
servers. I sent out what I knew and went to bed.
This morning Channel 4 (NBC) reported that 10 people
were hospitalized from heat related causes at the University
of MD. All have been treated and released.
The Wasington Post final edition did not have a separate story on this
but DID have text in a related story by Eric Wee.
And last night, 16 people attending an event at the University of
Maryland's Cole Field House were treated for heat-related illness.
In Prince George's County, five basic life support units and two medic
units were called to the University of Maryland about 8:45 p.m. when
temperatures got too hot inside Cole Field House, where several thousand
people were attending the National Law Enforcement Explorers Conference,
a scouting program.
Sixteen people were treated for heat-related illnesses, spokesman
Mark Brady said. Nine of those -- ages 14 to 19 -- were later taken
Washington Adventist Hospital, treated and released, hospital officials
said. The field house does not have air conditioning, Brady said.
Yours In Scouting,
ScoutMaster Troop 214
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