Three Howard Co Men Die of Cardiac Arrest Thursday, Two While Shoveling Snow
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 11:56 AM EST
Three Howard County men died Thursday from cardiac arrest which they suffered while outside, and in two confirmed cases, were shoveling snow.
The first incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. in Woodstock. Bystanders called HCPD when 56-year-old Richard Tucker collapsed while shoveling snow. He was given CPR and advanced life support and transported to Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) where he was pronounced deceased.
In the second incident HCDFRS arrived at a scene in Columbia after family members and bystanders called 911. 57-year-old James Wells had suffered cardiac arrest and despite treatment at the scene was declared dead. Though the patient was outside officials cannot confirm whether he was shoveling, or had shoveled, snow.
At approximately 12:10 p.m. on Friday officials responded to Columbia again for another report of a cardiac arrest. 61-year-old Kenneth Frame had been shoveling snow when he collapsed and bystanders called 911. HCDFRS provided CPR, Advanced Life Support (ALS), and transported the patient to Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) where he was pronounced dead
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman issued a statement on the shoveling deaths,
"This is deep, heavy snow, and I implore everyone to take it easy. Please don't over-exert yourself. Clear a little at a time. Or ask a neighbor to help. We need to pitch in as a community during times like these. If you know of a neighbor who could use assistance, please offer to do a little shoveling. We can't prevent all emergencies, but we can take smart steps to be safe and help others."