Cold weather claims the life of BX man
A Bronx man is dead after collapsing in front of a driveway early Friday morning. A woman, who was throwing out her trash at the time, heard the man fall and went over to help. Mary Schelzo tells News 12 The Bronx that the man was not dressed appropriately for the extremely cold weather. She says the man was wearing a baseball cap and thin gloves.
Schelzo's son performed CPR on the man. He describes the man's hands as being rock solid and frozen. Police say the 47-year-old appears to have died of hypothermia. Doctors warn that hypothermia can set in as soon as a person's body temperature dips below 95 degrees, which may not take a long time in this extreme cold. They say the first sign of hypothermia is shivering. Once shivering kicks in, other symptoms include confusion, slurred speech, difficulty walking, slower pulse rate and ultimately unconsciousness. To prevent hypothermia and frostbite, doctors recommend dressing in layers and covering exposed skin.
City officials have set up "temporary warming centers" in all five boroughs. In the Bronx, the warming center is located at Adlai Stevenson High School at 1980 Lafayette Avenue. Officials invite residents without heat to come to the warming center. They recommend bringing clothing, bedding and bathing supplies.