Medical examiner identifies 3 men who died in December after shoveling snow

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Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office

MILWAUKEE — Officials with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday, December 19th identified two people who died while shoveling snow.

55-year-old Rickey Richardson of Milwaukee passed away on December 12th at Froedtert Hospital.

The medical examiner’s report indicates Richardson died as a result of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. The manner of death was ruled natural.

The report says Richardson was found outside without a pulse and not breathing after shoveling snow from a neighbor’s driveway. His core temperature was 75 degrees.

Richardson was apparently paid by a neighbor to shovel the driveway around 8:00 p.m. on December 11th. He completed the chore and the neighbor believed he had left. The next morning, Richardson was found lying in the snow near the driveway. Richardson’s neighbor called 911.

He was taken to Froedtert Hospital, where he died.

44-year-old Michael Kressin of Milwaukee passed away on December 17th near Oakland and Kane. The preliminary manner of death has been ruled natural in this case.

The medical examiner’s report indicates Kressin was found unresponsive on the ground after going outside to shovel snow. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The report says Kressin was recently seen by doctors for some possible heart conditions.

74-year-old Arnold Handel of Milwaukee passed away on December 18th near 63rd and Bobolink. The preliminary manner of death has been ruled natural in this case.

The medical examiner’s report indicates Hanel was found unresponsive outside his residence after shoveling snow. He was found on his back on a sidewalk, not breathing.  He was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of atherosclerotic coronary vascular disease.

Hanel’s wife indicated he went outside to shovel around 8:00 a.m. He was found down by a neighbor around 9:00 a.m.