The City of St. Louis Department of Health has reported its fourth heat-related death of this year.
An 86-year-old woman was found by family members at her residence in the 4500 block of Red Bud on July 23. The residence had window air conditioning units, but they were not functioning properly.
The Department of Health said that the family members reportedly checked on the woman every day.
If you, or someone you know does not have an air conditioner or needs energy assistance, the Health Department recommends calling the United Way at 1-800-427-4626 or 211 if calling from a land line phone. Assistance can also be obtained by contacting Cool Down St. Louis at 314-241-7668, the Department of Health said.
A coroner in southwestern Illinois says the heat wave gripping the region is blamed in two deaths.
St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that both men were found dead Wednesday night.
The body of 72-year-old Willie Gill of East St. Louis was found in a ditch near a home where he occasionally stayed. Stone described Gill as a transient and said his body temperature was 106.5 degrees.
Francis R. Slay, (R) former long-term committeeman shown with son St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, in this 2005 file photo, has died in St. Louis at the age of 83 on March 16, 2011.
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Slay, shown in this April 2009 file photo, was elected the 23rd Ward Committeeman in 1964 and served for 45 years, among other leadership positions.
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Jan. 22, 2010, the day Francis R. Slay was honored with a resolution honoring his life and work by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen. Slay's son, current St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay, speaks at the podium, with Francis R. standing at left.