Memphis police officer dies from heat
I know the name but will not release it this time until the news media knows it. In fact I knew this morning but didn't say anything until the media was told.
We lost an officer over night due to the excessive heat. He got sick from heat stroke yesterday so they sent him home, and at home he had a heart attack that is being described as complications arrising from the heat stroke he had on duty.
Im hoping for his families sake that the ME's description will mean it will count as a line of duty death as it happened on duty.
Right now our uniforms are dark blue, long dark blue pants, shorts are not an option, vest must be worn at all times on duty, and are worn under our uniform shirt so unlike some agencies we can't take ours off during our shift for a few minutes. Officers with tattoos on their arms are required to wear long sleeve uniforms so many of us are wearing long sleeves in this heat.
Be careful out there. And drink a lot of water and Gatorade even If you don't think you need to. Wear sunscreen. Try and stay cool and out of the sun. And pray for Memphis as it mourns another senseless loss of our brotherhood.
Also I will mention on the same day we lost a city sanitation worker also for medical complications due to heat. We are ready for winter. Bring on the snow.
I'm tired of the 100-120 temps and 100% humidity.