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Tuolumne County Suffers First Heat Related Death

Jamestown, CA — Tuolumne County has suffered its first heat-related fatality.

The Sheriff´s Department reports that 83 year old Lillian Galusha of Jamestown was found dead Thursday morning. The home was extremely hot with doors and windows closed. A skylight was open allowing heat to pour into the residence.

She was initially discovered by a family member who told deputies that Galusha was reluctant to run her swamp cooler because of the cost of electricity. Deputies were also told that she failed to drink a sufficient amount of water on a regular basis.

Hyperthermia is being listed as the cause of death.

Written by Bill Johnson