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Heatstroke quickly, silently claims lives

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Casey Gilbert experienced signs of heatstroke, according to emergency officials. (Source: Facebook) Casey Gilbert experienced signs of heatstroke, according to emergency officials. (Source: Facebook)

The heat and humidity can be dangerous for people of any age. In Limestone County, two people who suffered symptoms of heatstroke died last week.

The director of Athens-Limestone EMS confirmed they responded to heat-related calls involving two men in their 20s, who later died at the hospital.

The mother of 26-year-old Casey Gilbert said he had been working outside and had felt under the weather after working in the hot sun last Monday and Tuesday. He told his family he felt better when he went to work on Wednesday.

Casey Gilbert spent the day working for a landscaping business. After work, his grandmother was coming to pick him up. He walked to meet her. He wasn't where they were supposed to meet, so she drove up and down the road where he would have been walking, but could not find him.

A truck driver later spotted him lying in a ditch. He was taken to an area hospital, but he later died.

An official cause of death has not been announced, but, again, Athens-Limestone EMS did say there were symptoms of heatstroke.

It is important to know those signs, because heatstroke has a high fatality rate. Some warning signs of a heatstroke include red, hot and dry skin, a rapid and strong pulse, dizziness, nausea and extremely high body temperature. That's around 102 degrees.

If someone has any of those symptoms, get them to a cool place, get them plenty of water, and call 911 immediately – do not wait to see if symptoms get better or worse. The effects of heatstroke come fast, including permanent brain damage.

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