Two deaths in Milwaukee related to heat last week

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office reports two deaths from last week are heat related.

The first heat-related death happened on Monday, June 18. Dorothy Townes was found dead in the backyard of her home near 40th and Orchard on Milwaukee’s west side.

The Medical Examiner’s report says Townes had contact with a Milwaukee police officer earlier in the day but declined any medical assistance. There were no signs of trauma.

The second heat-related death was reported on Thursday, June 21. 60-year-old Jay Kuzel was found dead in his rooming house room on Windlake Ave. His core temperature was 110 degrees.

The rooming house did not have air conditioning and the temperature in Kuzel’s unit was noted as “extremely warm.” No other trauma was apparent.

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