KC firefighter reportedly hospitalized in coma after heat stroke

A Kansas City firefighter is reportedly in a coma after a heat stroke possibly brought on by consuming energy drinks.

According to KCTV-TV 5, the firefighter was hospitalized nearly a week ago after suffering a heat stroke during a training exercise. He was taken to the hospital, where he’s been in a coma ever since, the station reported.

Deputy Chief James Garrett of the Kansas City Fire Department told KCTV-TV 5 that the firefighter may have consumed energy drinks.

Temperatures last weekend were in the upper 80s and low 90s, the station reported.

On Friday, Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi tweeted a reminder to firefighters to remember to drink plenty of water and replace burned calories and electrolytes. He also tweeted a link to a manual for firefighter safety during extreme hot weather.

“Hydrate,” Berardi tweeted along with the link.

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