Results released in investigation of HFD trainee death

August 10, 2010 8:55:40 AM PDT
An investigation concludes a Houston firefighter trainee who died of heat stroke might have survived if he was given water during a 4.4 mile run or immersed him in ice to lower his body temperature. Cohnway M. Johnson, formerly with the Oak Hill Fire Department near Austin, died May 4, 2009. The 26-year-old Johnson collapsed in April 2009 after a morning run with other trainees.

The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that an investigation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health determined that Johnson died of heat stroke caused by training procedures.

Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Alexander says the department's medical procedures do not call for ice immersion. He says "safety is the utmost" for cadets and hydration is available during workouts.


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