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Chicago heat wave claims 6 lives

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Six deaths are being blamed on they city's record-breaking heat wave, and the medical examiner said Friday night the office was getting many calls about more deaths that could be heat-related.

Neighbors last saw 58-year-old Frank Proczek Wednesday morning. They expected him to come out and watch fireworks on Independence Day.

"He was a nice, outgoing guy. He like to talk to people, he always sat on his porch, enjoyed the weather," neighbor Marcela Alvarez said. "He was supposed to come outside and he didn't come outside," she added.

A friend called police for a welfare check and authorities discovered Proczek's body in his Western Avenue apartment. Neighbors thought his air conditioner was working, but police told them it wasn't when he was found Thursday night.

According to the medical examiner, six people in Cook County have died from "heat stress." Eugene Burns, 53, of 1205 S. 4th Ave. in Maywood, died on Wednesday of cardiovascular disease, obesity and heat stress, said the medical examiner.

Jon McCullough, 48, of 2317 W. Ainsle St., died of a weakened and enlarged heart, obesity and heat stress on Wednesday as well.

On Thursday, 81-year-old Carmen Mercardo passed away after being found in a room without air conditioning in the 2000 block of West Superior Street.

Pat Wong, 91, of 4252 N. Winchester Ave. also died on Wednesday from diabetes, heart disease and heat stress.

Riley Kimble, 59, of the 1800 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m. Thursday. He died of heart disease, with heat stress a contributing factor.

The Chicago Housing Authority spent the day checking on the elderly at Las Americas Apartamentos on Racine. Over the past week, they say they've conducted nearly 44,000 well being checks.

"Extreme heat and humidity are more than just an inconvenience. They are dangerous and in some cases can be deadly," Dr. Suzette McKinney from the Chicago Department of Public Health said.

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications says the numbers of well being checks and heat related calls are surprising.

"They are extremely low, even for this protracted period of time. So that says extremely good things about the citizens in Chicago, taking care of their own," OEMC Executive Director Gary Schenkel said.

Emergency officials continued to urge residents to check on neighbors throughout Friday night and into Saturday.

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