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Heat Claims Arkansas City Cyclist

According to the KAKE-TV:

A man riding his bicycle near Oxford has died after suffering from a possible heat stroke.

According to the Sumner County Sheriff Office, just after Noon Saturday, a deputy drove up on a man lying in the middle of the road near 90th street and Oxford Road.

Another car had stopped to try and help the man, as the deputy was performing CPR.

The 47-year-old man was then taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The Arkansas City Traveler identifies the man as Larry Godfrey of Arkansas City, KS.

NewsCow has additional information, including comments from friends, relatives, and the person who found him, who reported that an open cell phone was found nearby, indicating that Larry may have been trying to call for help in his last moments.

Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are serious conditions — be safe out there, folks!

Here are the warning signs of heat-related illness, according to the Mayo Clinic:

During hot-weather exercise, watch for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. If you ignore these symptoms, your condition can worsen, resulting in a medical emergency. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion

If you develop any of these symptoms, you must lower your body temperature and get hydrated.

Read more: Heat and exercise: Keeping cool in hot weather: “Stay safe during hot-weather exercise by drinking enough fluids, wearing proper clothing and timing your workout to avoid extreme heat.”

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By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

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