Tulsa man victim of heat exhaustion at Bixby Corn Festival

BIXBY, Okla. - Wednesday night a Tulsa man is recovering from heat exhaustion after spending hours outside setting up for Bixby's Green Corn Festival.

Cooks with Freddie's Hamburgers tells us their roaster gets up to 1,400 degrees while their grill is about 600 degrees. If you combine those temperatures with the sun baking down, Mark Bevan can tell you what happens.

Mark spent Wednesday afternoon lying down in an emergency room bed at Hillcrest Hospital.

"Apparently I was more dehydrated then I thought I was," Bevan said.

Fellow Freddie's Cook Ronnie Bailey forced Bevan to go to the hospital after his stomach began cramping up. It happened minutes after Bevan fired up the roaster and grill.

Bevan said "we lost a friend of ours two weeks ago to heat stroke and he worked with us down there. When they saw me get too hot everybody went into panic mode. They said you better get checked out, we ain't doing this again."

EMSA responded to 12 heat-related calls Thursday, transporting seven to nearby hospitals. The patients, whose ages ranged from 12 to 70 years of age, were all in fair condition.

Four cooling stations are open in the Tulsa area until further notice:

John 3:16 Mission
506 N. Cheyenne
Tulsa, Okla. 74103
24/7

The Salvation Army Center of Hope
102 N. Denver Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
24/7

Tulsa County Social Services Cooling station
2401 Charles Page Blvd.
Tulsa OK 74127
8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
Noon to 9 pm 7-days a week

Senior nutrition sites throughout the Tulsa area are also available as cooling stations. For more information on locations and hours, dial 2-1-1.

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