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.
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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.