Umatilla construction worker found in trailer without air conditioning is among heat-related deaths in Oregon

The 1st identified victim of the suffocating warmth that hit Oregon was a construction employee found in a trailer in which temperatures attained 130 degrees, according to Umatilla County coroners.

James H. Anfeldt, 47, was unavailable in his trailer at Panelview RV Park in Hermiston at about 6:30 p.m. final Thursday, said Dr. Aimee Rogers.

Anfeldt was amongst the 79 heat-related fatalities described to day by the Oregon Health-related Examiner’s Office environment.

He likely died the evening in advance of he was identified, Rogers reported. His 6-yr-old son was in the trailer at the time, considering his father was sleeping all working day, she stated. At some level the youngster seemed for support from a neighbor.

“He could not wake his father,” explained Rogers.

The law enforcement discovered Anfeldt on the ground of the trailer. Rogers mentioned the boy was drenched in sweat from the temperature in the property.

She mentioned the trailer was neat and did not exhibit everything else that triggered Anfeldt’s loss of life.

“He was just in a trailer with no air conditioning,” she stated.

Anfeldt had superior blood tension, a condition that created him inclined to the warmth, Rogers stated. The cause of demise was exterior hyperthermia, she reported.

Rogers reported the man had “labored all working day on a building venture in Pendleton and was by now dehydrated and goes to snooze with out air conditioning and pretty much collapses on the way to the lavatory”.

Anfeldt’s wife, Carrie, was puzzled by the formal declaration of her husband’s death. She reported the trailer was air conditioned and it did not put her son in dangerously sizzling conditions.

She also denied that Anfeldt worked in Umatilla County. She mentioned she and her husband have been separated and that he experienced only been dwelling in Hermiston for two weeks and had seemed after her son that day.

“They had a really special bond,” she stated.

Anfeldt’s previous wife, Sarah Anfeldt, reported he was from Washington and had five small children.

– Noelle Crombie ncrombie@oregonian.com 503-276-7184 @noellecrombie