8 more dead from heat stress, season’s total at 18
Updated: October 24, 2012 10:09PM
The deaths of eight more people in Chicago over the weekend have been attributed at least in part to heat-related causes, bringing the total of heat-related deaths in Cook County to 18, exceeding 2011’s total.
Autopsies conducted on Sunday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office listed heat stress as a factor in the latest deaths, which include Lucille Griffith, 100, of the 7300 block of South Peoria Street; Irene Moriarty, 89, of Summit; and Pamela Dairyco, 65, of the 4900 block of West Fullerton Avenue.
On Thursday, autopsies confirmed the first two heat-related deaths of the season in Cook County, 53-year-old Eugene Burns of Maywood and 48-year-old Jon McCullough, of the North Side Ravenswood neighborhood.
The high temperature in Chicago on both Thursday and Friday was 103 degrees. Wednesday’s high was 102 degrees.
There were 16 heat-related deaths in Cook County in 2011.