October 20, 2011
Preliminary numbers show Missouri ended the blistering summer of 2011 with nearly 40 confirmed heat-related deaths, the largest number in a decade. Kansas reported 23 heat-related deaths in its first year of tracking them.
In the Kansas City area alone, 20 deaths were related to soaring
temperatures. The victims included two men who died during an
extreme obstacle-course event in July called the Warrior Dash. They
were 31-year-old Jeff Fink, of Olathe, Kan., and 28-year-old Jeremy
Morris, of suburban Grandview.
The Missouri Department of Health and Environment reported that
11 people died in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Six others died
elsewhere in Missouri.
Besides the deaths in Kansas, the state's health agency reported
that 565 people sickened by the heat were treated at emergency
rooms and other health facilities.