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2 city workers die in Memphis, heat may be cause

August 5th, 2011 10:37 am by Staff Report

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis police believe the hot weather contributed to the death of a police officer and the heat might be linked to the death of a city sanitation worker.

Officer Anthony Rahming became ill while on duty Wednesday evening and went home. The 48-year-old policeman was pronounced dead at a hospital around 5 a.m. Thursday.

Police Director Toney Armstrong says the department thinks the heat contributed to Rahming's death, according to The Commercial Appeal (

Longtime sanitation truck driver Jeardean Dean Johnson was found dead in his home Thursday morning. Utilities were not turned on at Johnson's apartment.

The National Weather Service recorded a record 106 degrees at Memphis on Wednesday afternoon and 97 degrees on Thursday.

An excessive heat warning has been extended for West Tennessee through the weekend.

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