WEATHER RELATED DEATH IN MADISON COUNTY
The Madison County Coroner’s Office is investigating what appears to be a weather-related death due to snow removal activities.
66 year old Carl W. Walker, of Alton, was removing snow with his snow blower Thursday morning and reportedly developed shortness of breath. He went inside his residence where his wife called 911. Walker was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital and he was pronounced dead at 9:51 a.m.
Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said with forecasts in the coming days calling for additional snow and bitterly cold temperatures, residents are reminded to be mindful of the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia. People with heart disease and other pre-existing conditions are advised to be extra cautious in the days to come.
ANOTHER BIG SNOW ON THE WAY FOR THIS WEEKEND
From the National Weather Service. Not only more snow, but dangerous wind chills. Tune to WGEL Radio for the latest on this winter storm.
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE AND WHILE SHOVELING SNOW
Most of the WGEL listening area received about 4 inches of snow earlier this week and the forecast calls for more snowfall in the coming days. With the death of a Madison County man while shoveling snow Thursday, officials are reminding you to take caution during periods of extreme cold.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this winter:
Before you shovel snow…
- Talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.
- Avoid shoveling immediately after you wake up, as most heart attacks occur early in the morning, when blood is more prone to clotting. Wait at least 30 minutes and warm up.
- Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling. Blood gets diverted from the heart to the stomach.
- Warm up your muscles before starting by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
- Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least an hour before and an hour after you shovel snow, or during breaks. These are stimulants and elevate your blood pressure and heart rate.
While shoveling snow…
- Use a small shovel and shovel many small loads instead of heavy ones.
- Begin slowly and take frequent 15-minute breaks.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Dress in layers to avoid hypothermia or overheating.
- Cover your head and neck. 50% of your body heat is lost through your head and neck.
- Cover your mouth. Breathing cold air can cause angina or trigger breathing problems.
- Watch for the signs of a heart attack: lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, and tightness or burning in the chest, neck, arms, or back. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
The symptoms of hypothermia include confusion and disorientation, dizziness, exhaustion, and profound shivering. Frostbite may be suspected with gray, yellowish, or white skin discoloration, a waxy feel to the skin, and numbness to the involved area of the body.
Those with medical conditions should consult their medical professional to determine their limitations during weather like we are currently experiencing.
BOND COUNTY SALVATION ARMY BREAKS DONATION RECORD
The Bond County Salvation Army broke their record this year with over $24,000 collected. Salvation Army County Chairperson Wayne Pierce told us the response this year was great and hundreds of people spent hours collecting money and ringing bells.
“They were so generous with their giving again this year,” Pierce said. He expressed his thanks to local churches, civic organizations, businesses, school children, college students, and everyone else who helped.
Pierce also extended thanks to the Mulberry Grove American Legion and the Salvation Army Committee for their hard work. Donations can still be sent to Frank Joy at the Bradford National Bank.
DEPUTIES GROW WHISKERS FOR WARRIORS
If you’ve seen any Bond County Sheriff’s Deputies out and about lately and noticed a little extra facial hair, they want you to know they haven’t relaxed their grooming standards…not for long anyway.
Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown said that from listening to WGEL and Al Crocker’s Hunting and Fishing Show, he frequently heard about the Wounded Warrior Project and wanted to do something to benefit the organization.
Starting two weeks ago, Brown decided to relax the Bond County Sheriff’s Department’s grooming standards, which traditionally allow men to only have a mustache, to allow deputies to grow beards through February 1st. In exchange for the privilege of not shaving, the deputies must each pay $50, which will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. The department calls the effort “Whiskers for Warriors”. Brown said some of the deputies are not growing beards, but have still contributed their $50 to the cause.
To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.WoundedWarriorProject.org.