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Heat proves dangerous for utility worker while others seek relief

MLGW worker that succumbed to the heat Thursday. (Source: WMC Action News 5) MLGW worker that succumbed to the heat Thursday. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MLGW working to restore power in Memphis. (Source: WMC Action News 5) MLGW working to restore power in Memphis. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

An ambulance arrived help an MLGW worker overcome by the heat Thursday night. 

It’s an example of how rising temperatures can take a toll on anyone.

"He was up there trying to fix our electricity back together,” Keisha Parker said. “He just got hot."

Parker said she saw the worker lying in her driveway as crews repaired outages caused by Wednesday night storms.

"They were trying to revive him back and they called the paramedics to come help him," said Parker.

Fortunately, it appeared the worker was alert on his way to the hospital.

At one point Thursday, the National Weather Service tweeted that the heat index reached a sizzling 119 degrees.

It sent 6-year-old Ricky Buford and his family to the Skinner Center splash pad.

"It's cold," Buford said of the water.

The splash pad was definitely a hot spot for those seeking relief from the heat.

“It's really hot on the inside, so it's best to bring them out to the water," parent Nicole House said.

The heat warning prompted the City of Memphis to open three after-hours cooling centers.

Memphis also has libraries and community centers designated as cooling locations. Click here for a map of libraries open to keep you cool. Click here for a map of community centers open to keep you cool.

We asked if it was important to have this service even if nobody takes advantage of it.

“It's absolutely important to have this,” Lt. Richard Keith with the Office of Emergency Management said. “If we can help one person in the community keep their health, then it's worth doing this."

The heat likely won't let up as the summer wears on.

"If you ain't got to be out here, don't be out here," Parker said.

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