Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heat May Have Felled Army Private

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Heat May Have Felled Army Private

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An autopsy was scheduled to see whether heat played a role in the death of an Army private who collapsed during a two-mile training run at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Private Talina Curtis, a 19-year-old from Texas, was near the end of the run Saturday when she passed out. Other soldiers revived her briefly. Because her pulse was faint, they rushed her to the fort's hospital, where she died just before noon.

Lt. Col Jeff Davis, the fort's spokesman, said that at the time Curtis collapsed the heat and humidity were below the level at which such training would be restricted.

"We were not in a dangerous situation on heat or anything like that," he said.

Fort Leonard Wood is in central Missouri, about 120 miles southwest of St. Louis. The temperature reached the middle 90s in the fort's area Saturday. Davis said that Curtis, dressed in shorts and a shirt, did sit-ups and push-ups as part of a physical training test before beginning the run on a quarter-mile track.

The death of another soldier at the fort three weeks ago was unrelated to the heat, Davis said. Private Gerald McPherson Jr., 20, of Texas collapsed during a run in his first week of Army training. An autopsy showed that McPherson had an enlarged heart that led to cardiac arrest, Davis said.

Authorities reported no serious heat-related problems here Sunday, even though the temperature hit 97 and the heat index was 107.

Under the hot sun, Mattie Waters, 96, walked two blocks from the Cervantes Convention Center downtown to her hotel. She was dressed in her Sunday best: an off-white suit with a lined rayon blazer, brocade blouse, hosiery and high heels.

Impatiens and other flowers had wilted, but Waters did not miss a step.

"I'm fine; I'm from Mobile, (Ala.,) but I do wish I'd brought my umbrella," she said. She was returning from a morning worship service at the 46th General Council of the Assemblies of God. "I would not miss this meeting. It's my 22nd meeting."

Michigan residents Ginger Adamanson and her daughter, Jennifer, visited the St. Louis Zoo this week, laughing with the knowledge that many St. Louisans were cooling off on vacation in Michigan. They were determined to see the Zoo, so they went twice, staying each time until they felt queasy, about an hour. …

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